Any lingering doubts Saffron Flavors of India would finally be expanding Downtown are immediately squashed by the construction scenes on Fremont East. Rising on a corner of the City Center Motel, seventeen months after being first revealed a two-story restaurant is quickly taking shape.
The delay was certainly helped by Saffron owner Rajesh Patel also being the owner of the motel. Since 2010 he's turned the Northern Indian- and Punjab-inspired restaurant into a Northwest local's favorite.
On-site signage and social media posts now point to the venture being named Turmeric Flavors of India. Situated on top of the motel's demolished swimming pool, original plans called for a 72-seat restaurant and bar with an open patio with room for 20. Authentic Indian art and a minimum of three live entertainment events a week will be an added attraction to the cuisine.
Saffron's outdoor deck and bar will host views of Fremont Street and the Container Park's fire-breathing preying mantis statue across the street.
A vinyl banner promises the project will arrive in 2016, while the original Saffron location will not be affected by the expansion.