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What does it take to run a small-town restaurant during a pandemic?
Sorabh Kapoor opened Lexington’s Clay Oven right before COVID-19 hit, and hospitality runs in the family
By Kara Baskin Globe Correspondent
Sorabh Kapoor, 43, comes from a long line of restaurateurs: His mother, Shikha, moved to the United States in the 1970s and opened Natraj in Cambridge before marrying her husband, Vinod. They started their first restaurant together in the early 1980s, Kebab-N-Kurry, and went on to open Bombay Club in Faneuil Hall and Harvard Square.
Sorabh joined the family business as a teenager growing up in Lexington, working on weekends and summer vacations, and went on to the Boston University School of Hospitality Administration. Now he runs Masala Art in Needham, which opened in 2003, and Clay Oven in Lexington, which opened in 2019, right before COVID-19 hit.
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Welcome to Clay Oven
For the past four decades, Vinod & Shikha Kapoor have been recognized for showcasing their generous hospitality, culinary talent, and memorable Indian offerings at their restaurant establishments, Masala Art in Needham and the infamous Bombay Club. Along with their son, Sorabh and his wife, Anuradha, they now welcome you to their newest location, in Lexington, Clay Oven. Clay Oven is a casual-upscale, neighborhood and family-friendly eatery with a modern, yet artistic twist.
Our cuisine and its new home reflect the breadth of Indian culinary traditions, its diverse culture, art forms, and regional specialties. With the increasing popularity of Indian food, Indian restaurants have sprung up in every American city and town. As pioneers of the Indian restaurant culture in New England, and as long-time Lexington town residents, the Kapoor family is proud to share India’s diverse culture, art forms, and regional Indian food offerings with guests at Clay Oven.
The next generation of the Kapoor family, Sorabh & Anuradha Kapoor have birthed a new concept in the historical Town of Lexington. Backed with traditional family recipes and Clay Oven’s artsy decor, the young couple is now carrying on the family’s restaurants. Clay Oven is the first of its kind. With this new setting, Sorabh and Anuradha have recalibrated the perception of the Indian dining experience with its fresh, sophisticated menu, beautiful interior, full service bar (with an extensive selection of single malt and blended scotches), and seasonal outdoor patio seating.
At Clay Oven, the dishes include many traditional family recipes as well as newly designed, fusion concepts inspired by India’s extensive culinary landscape and Sorabh’s love for worldly foods and knack for presentation.
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