Reddy also runs Spuntino, the neighborhood Italian eatery at 2639 West 32nd Avenue, with her husband, Elliot Strathmann, and the two have occasionally hosted Namkeen pop-up dinners at the restaurant. But now they're bringing most of the South Indian menu back for takeout customers, beginning this Friday, December 11.
"I just find that it lends itself better to takeout," Reddy explains of the Namkeen menu, which includes samosas, gobi 65 (fried cauliflower in a turmeric-based sauce), methi chicken (made with fenugreek and caramelized onions), chana masala (a spicy chickpea stew) and several sides and desserts. Dishes come with cumin basmati rice, and fresh-baked roti flatbread can also be added. "Namkeen means 'snacks' in Hindi, and Spuntino means the same thing in Italian, so this gives our guests another way to enjoy our approach to dining," the chef adds.
And a new dish, a sixteen- to eighteen-ounce braised Colorado lamb shank served with rice, roti, raita, pickles and chutneys, will be available for guests dining at the restaurant or ordering to go. The dish is built for two or three people for $52.
Strathmann and Reddy, along with the rest of the Spuntino team, have dealt with wind storms, snow damage to the tents and even a recent power outage while continuing to adjust their service and menu to meet customer needs safely. "So much of this has allowed us to step back and be thankful for what we have — and to thank our team for working so hard," Strathmann notes.
Many of the changes have been designed to encourage smaller parties at the restaurant and to give more options to customers eating at home, he adds. To keep the kitchen running efficiently, Reddy has trimmed back the regular Spuntino menu a little.
Spuntino is currently open from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday (9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday), with sidewalk pick-up and outdoor dining (reservations strongly recommended). The restaurant also handles its own delivery within a three-mile radius at no charge for orders of $50 or more. The new Namkeen and Spuntino menus debut online on Friday.