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Chennai, Beloved Biryani Maker, Moves to Frisco

Folks who enjoyed dining at Chennai but hated driving all the way to Plano are in for some bad news. The Indian restaurant known for its complex biryanis and thali specials has permanently moved further north to Frisco.

The extra drive is surely a drag (unless you live in Frisco) but there are some good reasons for the move. "The new location is bigger and more spacious, so we can improve the ambiance and service," says Karthik Thambidurai, who runs the restaurant with his wife Cecilia Santhi and partner Priya Narayanasami. The Plano location was pretty mobbed during lunch and some dinner services, so the new space could reduce the wait for diners forced to bask in the smell of curry while enduring pangs of hunger.

They're still in the midst of a remodel, but Thambidurai says they're about 90 percent finished and the restaurant is open for business. If you haven't been in a while, this is a good excuse to check the new spot out.

Of course, you could just go because you're craving exemplary Indian food. Since Chennai opened, the restaurant has won numerous awards here at the Observer, including this year's Best Indian Restaurant. Their biryani's were featured this this year's 100 Favorite Dishes, and last year they were mentioned as one of the 50 Most Interesting Restaurants.

Chennai Cafe, 3301 Preston Road, No. 8, Frisco, 972-378-1300, chennaicafeusa.com

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