Taste of Spice, a restaurant serving Indian and Nepali cuisine, will hold its grand opening at 4 p.m. Feb. 7 in Cosner’s Corner shopping center in Massaponax.
It is the fourth restaurant that Owner Mausam Shrestha, who is from Nepal, has owned and operated in the past 20 years.
He was running his last restaurant, Taste of India in Gainesville, when a friend suggested that he check out the Fredericksburg area. He said that he noted the growth, saw that Publix had recently opened in Cosner’s Corner, and found a space between a Subway and T–Mobile store in Cosner’s Corner that was vacant. He opened Taste of Spice there last month and sold Taste of India.
Shrestha said that he chose Taste of Spice as the name of his new restaurant because Indian and Nepalese cuisines use the same spices. The menu includes momo, a popular Nepalese dumpling that contains chicken, and choila, which he said is similar to barbecue and is served with onion.
“Some customers ask me if spices make it spicy,” he said. “Spices give you flavor. It’s not spicy hot.”