CHAAT Cart is shutting down its Marple restaurant from Saturday, February 1, but will continue at its three newer sites, serving some of the best South Indian street food around.
The surprise closure comes after the 2020 Good Food Guide included it as ‘a local gem’. A verdict we have to agree with after following owner/chef Aarti Pandey’s impressive progress from a market stall via Spinningfields ‘start-up incubator’ The Kitchens to her own bricks and mortar site on Ferby Street, Marple.
Since when the Chaat Cart brand has branched out to food hall sites in The Produce Hall in Stockport, Kommune in Sheffield and The Mad Giant in Didsbury with a further two similar projects in the pipeline.
Still it is Marple’s loss. In a Facebook farewell message Aarti paid a handsome tribute to all the town’s support: “We have had a wonderful couple of years and are very proud of what we’ve achieved. From having paper straws before it was fashionable, to community events, hosting freelancer and vegan nights to the numerous gin tastings! We’ve since opened three new sites, been in the papers, nominated for awards and recently we achieved a listing in the 2020 UK Good Food Guide as a local gem.
“Saturday February 1 is our last day cooking in our Marple restaurant where all of us have made so many beautiful memories. Please come along in the next couple of weeks and say goodbye. Come eat us out of house and home and send us off in style, we’d love to see you.”