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Clay Oven opens

Indian food now available on Main Street

Madan Rathore has opened The Clay Oven on Main St in Greenfield serving Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner seven days a week.  Recorder/Paul Franz

Madan Rathore has opened The Clay Oven on Main St in Greenfield serving Indian cuisine for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Recorder/Paul Franz

GREENFIELD — Diners now have another option for lunch and dinner in downtown Greenfield.

The Clay Oven, an Indian restaurant, opened on Monday and will be serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, according to owner Madan Rathore, who says he fell in love with food while growing up in New Delhi, India.

The restaurant occupies the space that was most recently Brick Wall Bistro and Bart’s not that long ago.

Rathore, 44, spent time in Greenfield during the early 2000s and recently returned after two years of working at the fine-dining Raaga restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M.

The Clay Oven is the first restaurant Rathore has run on his own.

He said he envisions the restaurant as being a place where everyone can afford to come for healthy, authentic Indian food. He is offering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options and has connected with local farmers to use their produce.

Rathore said there is a misconception that all Indian food is spicy and hot. In reality, spices and temperature are two different things, he said.

“Every single spice has its own texture, its own aroma,” said Rathore. “We can make (the food) how people like — mild, medium and hot. But there are a couple of spices you still feel. There is texture (and) flavor.”

The Clay Oven is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week for lunch. It reopens every day at 5 for dinner. Monday through Friday The Clay Oven closes at 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday it closes at 10 p.m.

Rathore is making his dishes in a large clay oven, also known as a tandoor, shipped over from India. It is both the namesake and the food production heart of his restaurant.

The owner was excited to open on Monday and meet the people in the community.

Rathore said he is open to suggestions about what food people want to see on the menu.

“I want to support the town,” he said in an earlier interview. “The town wants to give me their business. Of course, I need to give something to the town, too.”

The Clay Oven, 286 Main St., offers soups, appetizers, naan, rice, and many authentic seafood, chicken and lamb Indian dishes.

For more information, call 413-475-3337 or email: theclayovenma@yahoo.com.

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