Rupees buy prime spots in


An Indian family has settled in Queenstown with a bang – buying not just a restaurant but a big development site.
Bikramjeet Singh and Guneet Grewal (front) – together with Bikramjeet’s brother Karan – are taking over Little India, Queenstown’s oldest Indian restaurant, from fellow Sikhs Maninderjit Singh, known locally as MJS, and Shammi Sandhu (rear).

Bikramjeet, 27 – who married Guneet, 26, early this year – says his Indian-based father has also bought his sons a prime vacant corner site on Frankton Road for $832,000. They plan to develop apartments.

MJS, a distant relative of Bikramjeet, was part of a group who bought the former schoolhouse site on the corner
of Suburb Street for $1.1 million six years ago then resold it for $1.5m.

“The recession’s been good for us,” Bikramjeet says.

He’s renaming the restaurant India Once Upon A Time and introducing historical photographs, fine-dining elements and a 15-20 per cent discount for locals.

To celebrate the restaurant takeover, locals are invited to free nibbles and drinks from 5pm on Tuesday.
MJS and Shammi, who opened Little India 15 years ago, retain their Arrowtown restaurant Mantra.