India House closes in LoDo: Hapa Sushi will open in its place in August

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No more curry in a hurry from India House, which is now closed.
"I could have kept it open for a few more weeks, but I was just done and wanted to get out," admits Ghugi Singh, the owner of India House, which served its last meal in LoDo on Saturday night.

Singh, who opened the elegant India House in 2007 in the same quarters that originally housed Delhi Darbar, which Singh introduced to Denver in 1991, also owns India Tavern, in south Denver, a restaurant, he says, that's now his primary focus -- at least until he unleashes another curry den, which is on the horizon.

"For the moment, I'm planning to focus on India Tavern, but I definitely want to open another Indian restaurant in a smaller place, either downtown or somewhere else in Denver," he reveals. "I want to do something completely different," he adds, "something unique that's Denver hasn't seen."

And Singh plans to spend a few weeks in England digging up ideas. "I'm going to the UK to check out the Indian restaurants there and see what's new and exciting," because England, he insists, has "more interesting Indian restaurants than India."

But his new restaurant -- wherever it lands -- won't be remotely similar to India House, a concept, confesses Singh, that didn't jive with the wallets of customers. "When I opened India House, it was very different from every other Indian restaurant in Denver -- it was upscale and contemporary -- but people aren't used to paying high prices for Indian food, so my next place will be much more affordable and definitely not fine-dining."

In the meantime, India House, a two-tiered restaurant with an additional two floors of office space above it, has been sold to the owners of Hapa Sushi, which has two locations in Boulder, one in Cherry Creek and another in the Landmark at Greenwood Village. The LoDo Hapa, says Singh, will open in August.

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India Tavern

5060 S. Syracuse St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Hapa Sushi

1514 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Claudia
Claudia

I ate at India House once because I had a Groupon and pretty much everyone in there was using some sort of coupon.  For the small portion size and average quality I felt like I was paying with the Groupon what I should have been normally.

Carly
Carly

I'm surprised this place didn't close sooner!  The reason paying so much was not palatable to customers was that the food wasn't any better than that from a standard Indian lunch buffet.  The only thing that made it reasonable was having a coupon from a daily deal thing.

Also, are you sure it hasn't been open for longer as India House?  I went here a couple of times before I was of legal drinking age and I'm 27 now.

Claudia
Claudia

Funny we wrote basically the same thing at the same time!

Scott
Scott

Always liked Delhi Darbar better.  Looking forward to seeing what he opens next though, Denver's Indian restaurants could use a kick in the ass. They are all serving the exact same tired Americanized North Indian crap, Masalaa and ironically, Bombay Bowl, being the only exceptions.

Mantonat
Mantonat

Try Jai Ho.

Scott
Scott

Yeah, forgot about that one. Need to try it again, the service was hopeless when we went, but they had just opened.

Manfrenjensen
Manfrenjensen

Overpriced Indian food replaced with mediocre sushi.  I just hope the LoDo Hapa brings in as many cougars as the Cherry Creek and Landmark locations do.

Alex
Alex

About time we had Hapa in Lodo. Cherry Creek & Boulder are too far to go for great sushi like that!

Rome541
Rome541

That sucks I bought a couple Restaurant.com coupons to this place a couple weeks ago, wonder if we can get refunded on them

Dave
Dave

 The food and service as this place is TERRIBLE. You aren't missing much.

raw deal
raw deal

Is sushi the new pizza in LoDo?  Aoba, Blue Sushi and now Hapa, all opening soon within a few blocks of each other.

Peterj
Peterj

I thought there was a sushi joint going in right next door? 

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