They say that if you want to get something done, ask the busiest person you know. Busy folks are easy to find in the food-service business, with 24-hour days a common occurrence for restaurateurs juggling multiple eateries while dealing with hiring, developing menus, pleasing customers and often building new restaurants. Biju Thomas is one such person; between authoring cookbooks (he just released Feed Zone Table with business partner Allen Lim), peddling a line of sports hydration and nutrition products under the Skratch Labs brand name, and running Biju's Little Curry Shop in LoHi, he's somehow also managed to usher in two new locations of Biju's that will open in April.
The first is the much-anticipated new location on Tennyson Street, which opens Friday, April 1. The menu will be somewhat limited initially, but expect at least the same selection of curries, biryani rice and slow-cooked meats and veggies, all blasted with vivid South Indian spices. Thomas says that one change to the menu is that sauces will now be cooked separately to keep them meat-free, so that plant-based eaters will have more options. But once the staff has had a chance to get up to speed, new menu items will be added.
The Tennyson Street Biju's is considerably larger than the original location, with a bigger kitchen that will serve as a commissary for food prep for all Biju's locations. There will also be several draft beers, a kegged wine and Stem cider on tap, with other beverages available in cans and bottles.
The third Biju's is scheduled to open in Boulder, inside the Whole Foods Market on Pearl Street, in mid-April. This will be a test concept, Thomas explains, complete with its own kitchen; there's the possibility of future expansion into other Whole Foods locations around the country. If those plans work out, the little curry shop that got its start a little over a year ago could soon be a big deal.