ANC 6C last night approved the Indian restaurant’s application for a sidewalk cafe, which it has had since it opened in 2013 at 243 K St. NE. The ANC’s support came after more than 400 people signed an online petition calling for the commission to back Indigo’s bid.
The District Department of Transportation Public Space Committee now must sign off on the application before the patio officially is in the clear.
Dinesh Tandon, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Nidhi, said he initially thought the liquor license he obtained for outdoor seating was all he needed to ensure his patio was in compliance. Then, the ANC approached him about the need for a sidewalk cafe application two months ago, when he added a bar and made other updates to the space, he said.
Tandon said he appreciates the support he has received from neighbors and customers.
“I feel completely blessed to be surrounded by people of character and good heart,” he said in an email.