Shan-E-Punjab is a take-out counter inside the Foods of India grocery at 1143 Broadway Street.

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Gurjit Singh and his father, Gajjan, opened Mahek Indian Cuisine at 212 E. Washington St. last week. The Singhs knocked out part of a wall and expanded the restaurant space to 4,500 square feet across two storefronts, in a renovation project that took eight months. The family came to the United States from India in the early 1990s and used to operate Shan-E-Punjab, a small kitchen that specialized in carry-out cuisine, inside the Foods of India shop on Broadway Street in Ann Arbor.


This restaurant is little more than a closet in the rear of the Foods of India grocery store, with a pair of tables in front that are more often used by customers waiting to pick up their takeout than by actual diners. But this is the place to go in Ann Arbor for tasty Indian takeout, and you can do a little grocery shopping on the side while you wait. (Alana K)