The Curry Club merges with SāGhar in Port Jeff

The Curry Club officially has a new look, now with water views.

Previously located in Setauket at 10 Woods Corner Road, the family behind several local restaurants and venues has merged two favorites into one grand spice palace.

Indu Kaur, owner of SāGhar in Port Jefferson, said when his family bought the building at 111 W. Broadway, the original plan was to eventually move the Curry Club — but then COVID-19 came along and everything changed.

Kulwant Wadhwa, the family patriarch and owner of the Curry Club, kept their location the same and everything they had planned was blocked off. The Wadhwa/Kaur family dedicated their time to helping Manhattan’s Riverhead first responders by providing good, healthy Indian cuisine as they renovated the former Harbor Grill and Schaffer’s into SāGhar – a Native American fusion restaurant, complete with a beautiful bar upstairs overlooking the harbour.

SāGhar, translates to “House of the Sea”.

The family is also behind the Meadow Club at Port Jefferson Station, which reopened last year after a fire devastated the food hall in 2018.

“So we kind of took on the challenge,” Kaur said. “And over the past year, we have become well known in the community.”

Today, nearly two years after purchasing the new village of Port Jefferson, the dream of bringing The Curry Club to SāGhar has officially come true.

“It’s all very well mixed together,” Kaur added. “It’s our story. We started from an authentic Indian restaurant, and now we are the next generation, adding a more modern fusion twist to the menu.

And on Tuesday, February 8, the Curry Club of SāGhar was born.

The moving

Indu Kaur (far left) with her father Kulwant Wadhwa and family in Port Jefferson. Photo by Kiran Wadhwa

Virtually overnight, Kaur said they finalized dinner in Setauket and after sending their customers home, they moved on.

On Monday evening, the family moved from the old location to the downstairs room. Wadhwa said SāGhar had given them more space to accommodate more people – around 75 seats upstairs, 55 in the forward port room, 35 in the captain’s room and 45 in the forward room. schooner. The Curry Club at SāGhar is on the same grounds as the famous Schooner Restaurant years ago.

The lease will officially be in place at the old location on May 31, and until then the family will continue to operate the Velvet Lounge adjoining the restaurant.

But both are thrilled with SāGhar’s new look. According to Kaur, many of them will look the same, but they will now offer a full buffet, just like the Curry Club was famous for.

“In Port Jefferson, there’s nowhere you can actually pick up and go for food, especially for the nurses who want to be out in two minutes and are only a mile from the hospital,” she said.

She added that they will continue to do live music every weekend and have other fun events for the community like psychic parties.

The move was accompanied by a complete renovation of their kitchen and the addition of a whole range of Halal wines – champagnes, reds and whites created with 0% alcohol.

And Wadhwa said there was something for everyone at the ‘new’ Curry Club.

“We have vegetarian, vegan, non-vegetarian, gluten-free options…we’ve thought of everything,” he said.

They also continue their balanced lunches.

“These are always very popular,” Kaur said. “It’s something you have to have.”

For just $20, the lunch portion includes eight samples of different Indian dishes and a side of rice to try. It also comes with a side of naan bread for an easy dip.

A little history

Wadhwa has not always been a restorer. In fact, the family is from Afghanistan where he was a pharmacist.

“A lot has happened with our country,” Kaur said, adding that the family eventually moved to India to escape.

As her children began to grow and marry, Wadhwa decided that moving to America would be the best option for her family. In the early 1990s he came to Long Island, where his brother-in-law was a chef. Together they decided to open what was believed to be Suffolk County’s first Indian restaurant – The Curry Club.

Wadhwa “started working in the kitchen,” Kaur said. “Dad didn’t even know how to get a glass of water, but now he runs three bars.”

And just like that, he changed careers “because of the survival of the family,” she said. “America was a blessing because we were able to survive.”

The original Curry Club was actually located where Bliss is currently occupied.

Wadhwa said that at the time the only other well-known Indian restaurant was located in Hicksville and they feared it might not work.

“From the day we opened the door, we got busy,” he said. “We were so busy there was a line outside – people were waiting.”

Today, nearly 30 years later, the family is delighted to continue to bring flavor to the Côte-Nord.

“We want to bring some color,” Kaur said. “And spice and happiness. That’s our goal, to simply serve our community and see everyone happy with food.

The daughter-dad duo said they could agree seeing people happy when they leave with full bellies to make them smile.

“It’s good,” Wadhwa said. “It’s exciting.”