Lila Brings Modern Sustainable Indian Dining To Main Street

Photo credits: Lila

Back in April, we shared the bittersweet news that The Arbor, the beloved sister restaurant of award-winning The Acorn, had closed its doors after 7.5 years.

But as one door closes, another opens.

Taking its place is Lila, a modern sustainable Indian dining concept that promises to bring a fresh, vibrant energy to Main Street.

Photo credits: Lila

The origin story of Lila is a heartwarming tale of friendship and collaboration.

Shira Astra, co-founder of The Acorn, first met Meeru Dhalwala in 2010 during a photo shoot at Vij’s. This chance encounter blossomed into a meaningful friendship, with Meeru often dining at The Acorn with her kids and sharing her wisdom and experience with Shira over coffee and conference road trips.

Photo credits: Lila

When The Arbor was nearing the end of its lease and Meeru was wrapping up her time at Vij’s, the timing felt perfect for a new joint venture.

Enter Lila, named after the Sanskrit word for “playful and divine drama.”

This new eatery aims to tell stories through its space, menu, and hospitality.

Photo credits: Lila

Lila soft-opened last week for walk-ins and is officially opening on Thursday, May 23rd.

Unlike the casual bright ambiance of The Arbor, Lila features a darker palette and a more modern aesthetic, with touches of green garden vibes.

Fans of The Arbor will be pleased to know that Lila also offers plenty of gluten-free options (almost the entire menu is GF).

Lila’s menu is a delightful mix of modern Indian dishes.

Expect to find spiced beets with creamy fenugreek chutney and candied walnuts, paneer “truffles” in mustard seed curry, and halloumi cheese and peas in a seven-spice béchamel curry.

There’s also marinated and seared Arctic char on creamy basmati “risotto” with mango-mint chutney, among other tantalizing creations.

The hidden patio at the back hasn’t gone anywhere and is perfect for enjoying a sunny day.

This collaboration between Shira and Meeru brings a new dimension to Main Street’s culinary scene, blending tradition with innovation in a space designed to bring people together.

Be sure to check out Lila and share the news with your friends—it’s a dining experience you won’t want to miss.

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