Singh’s Kitchen, soon to be the newest entry to Libertyville’s restaurant scene, is the realization of a dream that faded years ago.
Offering Indian dishes from traditional recipes served in a familiar style, the restaurant’s planned opening in downtown Libertyville in early December wraps up nearly a year of logistics and construction.
Founder Anmol Chandock described the new venture as “a little Indian, a little American”.
“I was thrilled to revive my parents’ legacy while creating a new one that includes the culture I assimilated into as a first-generation American Indian,” he said.
The offerings will include a variety of traditional flavors available à la Chipotle, where customers can create their own dishes.
“I want (customers) to be able to try a bunch of different flavors. I want it to be a place where people can eat everyday and not feel guilty,” he said.
“We’ll have the chef’s favorite dishes, but you’ll have the option of creating your own bowl – a broad experience of what Indian cuisine has to offer,” Chandock added.
Wraps, bowls, tacos, salads and plates will start with a rice base combined with Bombay or fried chicken, Shawarma steak, bay prawns or tofu with a choice of toppings including pickled onions, Anmol cheese or chana (chickpeas). Singh’s wings and loaded fries are also on the menu.
Chandock was born and raised in Bombay (now Mumbai), where his father owned four restaurants and three catering businesses. The environment was steeped in the aromas and flavors of age-old recipes, he said.
The family moved to the United States in 2002 and settled in Vernon Hills.
Chandock studied to be a chiropractor and practices in Libertyville.
Her father worked at the former Peacock Indian Restaurant in Vernon Hills and her mother at a packing plant. But unfamiliar with the culture, her parents’ dream of being restaurateurs in the United States faded away trying to support the family, Chandock said.
With an affinity for food and his Punjabi heritage intact, he began to consider ways to rekindle his parents’ dream in a new way.
“With the support of my parents and my wife, our vision is to provide diners with fast and healthy Indian cuisine in an upbeat and enjoyable environment,” he said.
He began exploring locations along Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville, as well as Wheeling, Lincolnshire, and Vernon Hills. But that was about a year before the COVID-19 pandemic.
When a storefront became available on Milwaukee Avenue about a year ago, Chandock took the plunge, thinking this one-of-a-kind family restaurant would fit in well among the eclectic variety of unique offerings that have become the hallmark. factory in the region.
“We spend so much time in downtown Libertyville,” he said. “It would be a great opportunity that we didn’t want to pass up.”
He expanded the idea and adjusted the plans when nearby space suddenly became available.
Chandock explained that Singh in Punjabi means lion.
“We approached the flavors incorporated into our menu at Singh’s Kitchen with the same level of ferocity as the lions we choose to represent our culture,” he said.