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WILKES-BARRE – Indian fast food is coming to the downtown.


"Letts Eat" will open the first week of October in the space formerly occupied by Blue Chip Gourmet at East Northampton and South Main streets.


Kavita and Abid Syed of Drums are the owners of the restaurant that will feature Indian fast food items. The restaurant will seat about 20 customers and provide takeout service.


"We're very excited to be opening in Wilkes-Barre," Kavita Syed said. "We have another restaurant in Exton."


Bill Geary of University Corners said the space has been leased and a yogurt store will open next door to the new restaurant.


"Of course we're delighted to have two new tenants," Geary said from his California office.


Syed said the days and hours of operation for Letts Eat have not yet been determined, but she expects to announce the grand opening next week. She said the first week of October is the planned date.


Syed said downtown Wilkes-Barre is an attractive place to open a business. She said the restaurant will feature lunch special and will target downtown business workers and college students.


Letts Eat can be added to other new openings downtown:


• Akeno Sushi opened in the space formerly occupied by Bonvie's Beefy King at 72 S. Main St. Blue Chip Gourmet closed in Oct., 2011.


• Closer to Public Square on South Main Street, work continues on the second location for Bottleneck's Saloon & Eatery. It's not known when the bar/restaurant will open.


• Bottleneck's owner Jason Misto has said that patrons can expect a carbon copy of the Bottleneck's in West Hazleton, where the menu includes steaks, pasta, seafood, burgers and award-winning chicken wings.


• On North Main Street, Thom Greco said he will open a new venue called EDM Factory that will feature electronic dance music. Greco said the new place will cater to college-aged kids 18 and over. Greco said the new place will open Thursday in the building formerly occupied by The Mines.

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