Angeethi, the dependable Indian restaurant with a knock-out lunch buffet, closed last week after about two years in business. The Bethesda restaurant, which opened as a spin-off of two restaurants in Virginia with the same name, had been under new management.
Anil Sareen, a co-owner of the building at 7904 Woodmont Ave., said that the new manager is the brother-in-law of one of the original Angeethi’s partners, and that the arrangement didn’t work out. “He was taking too many days off,” Sareen said of the manager. “In order to survive [in the restaurant business], you really have to sacrifice your life. It’s not that easy.”
That location has not been an easy one, either. Angeethi’s demise follows the departures of Rarely Legal and South Beach, both short-lived restaurants.
But Juan Carlos Balarcazar appears up to the challenge. Co-owner of JC Special Events LLC, a Washington, D.C. catering and event planning company, Balarcazar will be opening The Parva, a Latin fusion restaurant, in the space. Balcazar said it will offer mid-priced dishes from Argentina, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela, such as ceviche, bandejas paisa, lomo saltado, carne en salsa, risotto quinoa and lots of fish. The place will be renovated to give it an upscale “Miami-style” look with an all-white interior, Balarcazar said. Columbian-born chef Andres Garcia, who has cooked in South America and Europe, will be on board for an anticipated mid-May opening.