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Schenectady Indian restaurant leaving City Hall area venue

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A flip-flop is in the works for the Schenectady dining scene.

The Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant is moving from its Jay Street location opposite City Hall to 142 Clinton Street which, until it closed after today's service, had been home to Deanna's Cafe.

Deanna's owners, Deanna and Frank Iadicicco, say they are giving up the business to spend more time enjoying Frank’s retirement.

The Taj Mahal serves Indian, Pakistani and Bangladheshi dishes, with a popular lunch buffet Monday through Friday. In addition to the city government crowd, it is quite popular with families and young diners. It encourages communal groups and, especially eating in a very casual manner. As it suggests on its website:

"There is no way around it; Indian food tastes best when eaten with your fingers! There is a tactile dimension added to the eating process. Besides, Indian food is designed to be eaten by hand. ... Eating with your fingers is a cultural experience everyone should experience while visiting an Indian restaurant. We will be pleased to provide finger bowls and or wet naps in order cleanup after your meal. And just like eating with chopsticks in a Chinese restaurant, feel free to switch back to utensils if you are not enjoying the experience."

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