DeeDee's moves to Santa Clara
Indian store struggled with city permit process
After getting the boot last December to make way for a housing project, the owners of DeeDee's spent thousands on city permits and rent in search of a new space locally. Eventually, however, it came down to what the Desai family feared most: leaving Mountain View.
The restaurant and Indian grocery store finally re-opened last week at 341 Lafayette St. in southern Santa Clara.
DeeDee's was slated to move into a space on Moffett Boulevard, but even after installing signs and spending $4,000 a month in rent for four months, the family was still waiting on a building permit a few weeks ago.
Though the new store will be miles away from its loyal Mountain View customers, Daksha Desai said she is very happy with the new location, situated a few blocks from Santa Clara University. To top it off, she said, she had the necessary permits in her hands within a month.
The Desai family arrived from India in 1991, and DeeDee's opened its doors in Mountain View in 1998. The restaurant soon became a destination for Indians, including executives at Hewlett Packard. Performances from local Indian musicians and speakers were also a draw.
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