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The Aggarwal Family’s Recipe for Success Though penniless when he arrived from India 12 years ago with his mother and four brothers, 32-year-old Deepak Aggarwal has emerged as one of the San Francisco East Bay’s most successful restaurateurs. Starting with the acquisition of the In & Out Deli on Shattuck Avenue in downtown Berkeley in 1999, he created his first fine eaterie – Khana Peena Indian Cuisine – on Solano Avenue in 2001. The East Bay Express has called it “an oasis of repose” and named the restaurant as the area’s “Most Romantic” because of its private curtained booths accented with pillows. Diablo magazine selected its Vegetable Pakora as one of “The East Bay’s 101 Most Delicious Things to Eat”: “Resistance is futile. Fresh out of the fryer, Khana Peena's golden brown, onion-studded, perfectly seasoned pakora will cast its spell upon you. Give in.” And just last year, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that “when the Aggarwal brothers opened their first Khana Peena five years ago in North Berkeley, the North Indian restaurant quickly earned a reputation for bright flavors, an upscale décor and reasonable prices.” Despite sharp competition, the first Khana Peena not only succeeded, but thrived – paving the way for Aggarwal to open a second location, on Oxford Street, in 2003, and a third, on College Avenue, in 2005. In early 2006, Aggarwal embarked on a new culinary venture with TASTE, the Epicurious Garden’s upscale flagship restaurant in the heart of Berkeley’s famed Gourmet Ghetto. The Contra Costa Times has called it “a foodie’s ultimate dream” and Diablo magazine tagged it a “wine-and-foodlover’s paradise.”

The Aggarwal Family’s Recipe for Success  
The Aggarwal Family’s Recipe for Success