Sitara Restaurant, the Chamber member that hosted a recent Business After 5 event at 1308 London Road, has opened a second location in downtown Sarnia, at 138 Cromwell, between Christina St. and Front Street.

“We congratulate our friends at Sitara for joining the downtown community,” said Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce. “It’s always exciting to see a business expand and we wish them the very best in this new endeavour.”

Owners Manjit Singh (pictured) and Balwinder Kaur invested about $100,000 when they doubled the space for their original London Road location some two years ago and now say the new Sitara Downtown has had a great response from customers.

“Very busy first two days,” they said on Facebook. “We will likely be changing our hours to keep up with the demand, especially on Fridays and Saturdays. We will be updating our menu as well.”

The owners also said their goal is to serve the same menu as their primary location.

“Reflecting back seven years ago when we started Sitara, we have come a long ways,” they said. “Having lived in this amazing community of ours for the past 17 years, having never ever done a restaurant or a business before, to have an amazing success… makes us very proud of our community and all of you.”

The new downtown location, located across from the Cromwell Grill, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for lunch and dinner, with take-out service available.