An organic Indian grocery store named Pansaari will open at 17th and Q Streets NW, the future owner/operator announced at the regularly monthly meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle on November 13.
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Owner/operator Rano Singh spoke briefly to the ANC about her vision for the new establishment. She described it as a "Indian organic grocery and cooking school". As for her reason for opening in downtown D.C., she said: "I'm tired of running to Rockville and McLean" in search of genuine Indian ingredients.
She also said there would be a chai bar, but no take-out, so members of the neighborhood would be forced to stop and get to know each other.
Pansaari has a web page where you can sign up for email updates about the grocery's opening.
Although the word Pansaari (also spelled "Pansari") is translated by online Hindu-English dictionaries as "Grocer", a 15-minute promotional video for the new store (available here) has another explanation. A "Pansaari", the video says, is a traditional herb and spice merchant, whose store is also a sort of holistic pharmacy for practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine.
The video also details Singh's influences and inspiration for the new venture.
Some digitally-created visions of the future store's interior appearance are available here.
Thanks to an email from ANC2B Commissioner Kishan Putta (district 04) for this additional information:
- Pansaari has signed a lease on the space.
- Architectural drawings are being finalized before submission to D.C. authorities.
- Projected timetable: Construction starts in December, storing opening March.
- Pansaari may seek a wine/beer license.