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The Plaza @ Hillcroft & Harwin – 5711 Hillcroft

The Plaza @ Hillcroft and Harwin is located in the heart of The Mahatma Gandhi District.

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Congratulations Himalaya Restaurant

Congratulations to our tenant Himalaya Restaurant & Catering for making Eater’s America’s 38 Essential Restaurants. If you haven’t eaten at Himalaya Restaurant yet you should defiantly give it a try.



Effervescent, always-present owner Kaiser Lashkari and his wife, Azra Babar Lashkari, turn out nearly 100 distinct dishes at their boxy strip-mall restaurant in the city’s Mahatma Gandhi District. Numerous curries, including Hyderabadi chicken hara masala coursing with green chiles, evince several regional Indian cuisines, but it’s key to order the gems inspired by Kaiser Lashkari’s native Pakistan. He excels in “hunter beef,” a preparation similar to pastrami, best served cold in thick slices with head-clearing mustard. He links the Pakistani affinity for beef with Texas in specials like his weekend-only smoked brisket masala. The restaurant’s excellent, mildly spiced fried chicken bridges cultures just as successfully. 6652 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX, (713) 532-2837, himalayarestauranthouston.com


Kathmandu Curry coming to The Plaza @ Hillcroft & Harwin


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5711 Hillcroft St. Ste. A-6 Houston, TX 77036

Restaurant Space for Lease

















Space located on the Ground floor next to Carmen Fashion and Beauty and Beast facing Hillcroft St.

Visible signage

Extremely competitive rates
High traffic count
Metro Bus Route
Post Office and Banks nearby
Free usage of Shopping Center website





6638 Southwest Freeway Houston, TX 77074

Shopping center located on the corner of Hillcroft and US 59

Space is currently India Jewelers


Visible signage
Extremely competitive rates
High traffic count
Newly remodoled building
Metro Bus Route
Post Office and Banks nearby
Free usage of Shopping Center website


(713) 935-0700


Chemmanur International Jewellers Now Open!



Chemmanur is located at 5711 Hillcroft Suite A-1 Houston TX 77036 -

Website for more information http://www.chemmanurinternational.com/

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Pass the Naan – Cuisine in Mahatma Gandhi District

Pass The Naan

 Click the image to view the short documentary featuring Chef Kaiser of Himalaya Restaurant.







Bareeka Boutique Now Hiring!

Bareeka Boutique looking for Sales Associate/Stitching Expert

Located at The Plaza @ Hillcroft & Harwin:

5711 Hillcroft St. Ste. D-2 Houston, TX 77036

Hours of Operation will be 11am – 5pm Monday, Wednesday – Sunday

Please send resumes to sadaf.salman@bareeka.com
or contact Shakeel at (346) 333-0660 for more questions

Mahatma Gandhi statue unveiled at entrance to Houston’s Little India

P. Harish, counsel general of India based in Houston, unveils a monument recognizing the Mahatma Gandhi District at a ceremony Sunday. Photo: Craig Hartley, Freelance / Copyright: Craig H. Hartley

Just a day after celebrations globally of Indian Independence, members of Houston’s swelling Indian population gathered to mark the hub of their community with a monument of Mahatma Gandhi.A marble edifice bearing a bronze engraving of Gandhi’s face was unveiled at the entrance of so-called Little India, an area off Hillcroft Avenue near Highway 59.

“This is a fitting monument,” said Harish Parvathaneni, the counsel general of India based in Houston, as an orange velvet curtains adorned with strings of flowers fell away to reveal the art. Many women in the crown wore brightly colored shalwar kameez, traditional South Asian garments, and waved mini Indian flags, while the men wore stoles with the country’s colors around their necks.

The Mahatma Gandhi District, as it was formally named in 2011, serves as home to dozens of Indian restaurants, grocery stores, jewelry stores and other businesses, representing decades-long efforts of the thriving Indian community.

“In 1968, there were barely half a dozen families of India that had made this their home,” said Virendra Mathur, trustee and co-founder of India House, a local community center. Since then, the city’s Indian population has grown “exponentially,” he added.

Community leaders now estimate that about 125,000 people of Indian descent live in the Houston area, with the southwest Houston neighborhood serving as an enclave.

Many immigrants were initially attracted to Houston because its sweltering climate is similar to India’s, and for Houston’s affordable housing and strong job market, said Vijay Pallod, trustee for the India Culture Center. Now, they also come for a strong cultural community that offers numerous staples and comforts from home, including 22 Hindu temples.

After 11 a.m. on any given Sunday, community members know finding parking at any of the area’s shops and restaurants will be nearly impossible. People flood the area to shop at popular local grocery store Patel Brothers or eat at Shri Balaji Bhavan, a counter-service establishment with authentic vegetarian Indian fare.

“You have everything here, what you need,” Pallod said.

Getting the monument there, however, was not easy. Local Indian community organizations and businesses raised $25,000 to construct the monument and worked closely with city officials, said Col. Raj Bhalla, the former president of Houston’s India Culture Center who helped lead fundraising efforts. The first sketch that arrived in July didn’t look much like Gandhi, so organizers said they had to scramble have it redesigned.

The finished monument did not arrive in Houston until Aug. 12, four days before its scheduled installation.

Several public officials attended the unveiling, including U.S. Rep. Al Green, D-Houston, state Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, and Houston City Council member Mike Laster, as well as council members from Sugar Land and Stafford.

“Gandhi is famous for saying, ‘We should be the change that we seek,’ ” Green said. “It’s obvious that this community has taken up this cause.”

Credit: http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Gandhi-statue-unveiled-at-entrance-to-Houston-s-6447564.php#photo-8475537

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