Couple brings Indian cuisine to downtown Wooster

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WOOSTER – A building at Beall Avenue and North Street has seen eateries come and go.

Everything — from yogurt to pizza, gourmet hot dogs and soups — has been served there.

Most recently, Biscuit Uprising was housed in the shop at 206 Beall Ave., which has stood empty since 2019 when that business shuttered its doors for good.

Nearly two years later in mid December, a Wooster-area couple signed a lease to jump start their new restaurant — The Curry Pot.

For married couple Tania Bayer and Renoy Barua, this is a giving-up-the-job dream come true nearly one decade early, Bayer said. 

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A photo of the Curry Pot's Butter Chicken, the eatery's most popular dish.

“This was originally a retirement project,” Bayer said. “We had a five- to 10-year game plan.”

A combination of community support and cooking gigs expedited that plan.

Barua started cooking at Local Roots on Fridays and Saturdays and at the College of Wooster for two days during the week, giving them the necessary funds to turn Biscuit Uprising into The Curry Pot. 

Now, if all goes to plan, the couple will begin dishing up curbside and delivery orders come early April. 

From casual cook to full-time chef

The sign by the entrance to the soon to be The Curry Pot, an Indian cuisine restaurant on Beall Avenue in Wooster.

When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Bayer worked remotely from the couple’s home in Wooster while their kids learned via Zoom, she said. Unlike his family, Barua continued to leave the house for work.

By early summer, local daycares were closed, leaving Bayer to work at home with two energetic kids. That’s when Barua took a long vacation.

“He really stepped up to help out,” Bayer said. 

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