After a year-and-a-half hiatus, the brothers behind ~MELA TANDOORI KITCHEN~ will be reopening in a new location near Civic Center, in the former Kites space across the street from the old Stars/Trader Vic’s. (Yeah, after driving past that place forever, I’m so glad there’s finally something going in it.) The brothers’ father started the original Mela 20 years ago, but when the lease was up in October 2008, they started their search for a new location.
Right now they’re in the midst of remodeling the space, and when they’re through, it will feature a mezzanine level and around 70 seats total. The brothers— Sohel, Zoaib, and chef Moiz Subedar—plan to continue offering their menu of Northern Indian and Pakistani dishes. They will be open for lunch and dinner, and want to have a late-night service with DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. Look for an opening within a couple months. 536 Golden Gate Ave. at Van Ness.