October 2023 Business of the Month: Little India Fine Dining
Heber Valley Chamber is honored to recognize Little India Fine Dining as the October 2023 Business of the Month. This newer eatery was nominated by the Heber Valley Chamber Advisory Board, and for good reason. We sat down with the Singh family, owners of this local restaurant, and learned more about why they chose Heber Valley for their business growth.
A visit to the new Little India Fine Dining restaurant at the south end of Heber City feels like stepping into another world. Guests are instantly greeted by welcoming owners and warm smiles from all staff. Delectable scents permeate the air making mouths water as diners are politely shown to their table. Soft instrumental music plays in the background and lively vibrant murals depicting scenes and the culture of India are displayed on the surrounding interior restaurant walls, setting the ambiance for a dining experience unlike any other in Heber Valley.
That same care and warmth of the dining experience is carried out with every interaction by the Singh family, owners of Little India. After opening their third eatery in Utah right here in Heber Valley, the family made the move from Sandy to Heber where they now reside. Still operating Bombay Garden in West Jordan and their other Little India restaurant in American Fork (opened in October 2021), they are happy to have this new location in our valley which opened in February 2023.
They shared their deepest and most sincere appreciation to the Heber Valley community for being so welcoming and supporting their new restaurant location. Two generations now operate the three locations and reside as neighbors in the same Heber City neighborhood after relocating from Sandy, Utah.
Introducing authentic Indian cuisine to the community, the family brings traditional cooking styles and family recipes to their restaurant. Many recipes have been handed down from generation to generation over the years and are now served at the local eatery. The family is also proud to grind and mix their own unique spices that blend cooking practices and flavors from both the northern and southern regions of India.
The Singh family members are descendants of farmers, and they were raised in an agricultural community where food and traditions were heavily valued. After the dad migrated to the U.S. decades ago, he discovered the state of Utah and saw that is was an ideal location to build a new life in a community with strong family values, stunning natural beauty, and a need for diverse dining experiences. With the success of their first restaurant locations, the family set their sights on Heber Valley, stating the surrounding mountain landscapes remind them of the foothills of the Himalayas where their village is located. They find comfort in the quiet and peaceful lifestyle of the Heber Valley community. And they saw an opportunity to introduce their Indian recipes and dining experience to the valley.
Little India is a family-owned and operated business. The Singhs are a close-knit family who find joy in the work and time together. They have created a loving and understanding workplace for family and staff. They are compassionate people who work hard and care for one another as much as they do their customers. The owners and team want dining guests to taste authentic Indian cuisine, have a great dining experience, and make customers feel welcome and cared for throughout their time at Little India. The culinary team can modify menu items to accommodate many dietary restrictions and they offer a range of spice levels for each dish to suit the preferences of the dining guests. When asked about menu favorites, one of the owners stated that the top two most ordered menu items are: 1) Butter Chicken, and 2) Chicken Tika Masala.
Perhaps the most impressive and notable characteristic about the Singh family is their commitment to the local community. Although new to Heber Valley, the family is all about community involvement. Establishing Heber Valley as their new home, they each talked about the importance of being involved locally, being part of the Heber Valley lifestyle, getting to know neighbors and other business owners, and introducing Indian culture to the community as well. Their involvement with Heber Valley Chamber has helped with community connections and business owner introductions. And their philanthropic nature has created great friendships throughout the valley.