Indian food is beyond scarce in the south end, but that's about to change. Travelers, the friendly, soothing Indian decor, jewelry, clothing, etc store on Pine Street, is opening a full service restaurant on the north end of Beacon Hill in the can't-miss-it purple house that housed Culinary Communion and the short-lived Tasha's Bistro. I'm told that Travelers will open in about a month (they're shooting for late June).
Travelers on Capitol Hill has long served thalis, but until recently you could only enjoy them on weekends (good news: the small cafe has started serving their vegetarian thalis on weekdays, too).
The Travelers on Beacon will offer vegetarian thalis (mixed plates with curries, rice, naan, pickles and assorted condiments) every day for lunch and dinner, and instead of just one thali-of-the-week, they'll offer a few options to choose from. And while there will be retail--select sauces and spices and the like--but the focus will be on the food. There's room for 50 diners inside and 20 on the west-facing front patio, and unlike the original Travelers, beer and wine will be available. I can't wait.
Oh, and I asked whether there were plans to cook anything in the wood-fired pizza oven on the patio (a custom-built holdover from the Culinary Communion days). But it sounds like the answer, at least for now, is no. I'm told they'll use it to keep patio diners warm on chilly nights instead, which sounds good to me.