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South Indian Restaurant To Take Place Of Former Zoës Kitchen

A new restaurant is coming to Newtown Township.

The outside of the former Zoës Kitchen in Newtown Township last year.
Credit: Tom Sofield/

A restaurant serving southern Indian cuisine will open in the Goodnoe Corner Shopping Center in Newtown Township.

Amma’s South Indian Cuisine is preparing to bring its flavors to the former Zoës Kitchen space in Newtown Township.

The Board of Supervisors approved conditional use for the Indian restaurant at the Wednesday evening meeting.

The approval paves the way for a 72-seat indoor and 30-seat outdoor restaurant to open in the storefront dining location.

Amma’s South Indian Cuisine, which has three existing locations in the Philadelphia region, plans to operate daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., extending hours on Fridays and Saturdays.

The owners of the business announced it will not apply for a liquor license and they have no plans to install outdoor speakers.

A staff of eight to 12 employees are anticipated to work in the restaurant at one time.

The supervisors’ approval came with several stipulations concerning operating hours, staff limitations, delivery protocols, and restrictions on loading activities on public streets.

The owners said Amma’s South Indian Cuisine plans to open for business in the upcoming months.

The restaurant derives its name from the Indian word ‘amma,’ meaning mother, the owners said.

The Newtown Township Planning Commission had previously voted to recommend the supervisors’ approval.

The approval for Amma’s South Indian Cuisine comes after the space was left vacant when Zoës Kitchen closed its doors last February after nearly a decade of operation in Newtown.

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Alex Irving

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