Mayor Madden: Capital Region Restaurant Tara Kitchen Returns to Troy with Second Location

Mayor Madden: Capital Region Restaurant Tara Kitchen Returns to Troy with Second Location

TROY, NYMayor Patrick Madden and the Office of Economic Development today announced that Tara Kitchen, the region’s only Moroccan restaurant, is coming to 172 River Street in Troy with its second Capital District location. A spring opening is planned for this destination restaurant that serves unique ethnic cuisine featuring authentic ingredients combined with the rich cultural heritage of Morocco.

Mayor Patrick Madden said, “Troy means business when it comes to supporting entrepreneurs like Aneesa Waheed of Tara Kitchen. The continued growth of Tara Kitchen is a testament to their hard work, unique dishes and business savvy that have propelled them from their early days at the Troy Farmer’s Market to the recognition and success they enjoy today. We are thrilled to have them opening up on River Street and look forward to celebrating their official grand opening later this year.”

Aneesa Waheed, owner of Tara Kitchen, said “My history and love for Troy goes back over twenty years. From my time as a student at Russell Sage College, the birth of my children here in Troy, to our participation at the Troy Farmers Market, we have had tremendous amount of support from the community since Tara Kitchen’s first location opened in Schenectady five years ago. I am beyond excited to open our second location here in Troy, a community of people that have helped us attain a “Best of the Capital Region” honor.”

Owners Aneesa Waheed and husband Muntasim Shoaib opened their Schenectady restaurant in 2012 and have been searching for quite some for the right location in Troy, where a substantial base of her clientele hail from. The building, the River Street Lofts, is owned by Redburn Development Company. The City’s Economic Development team has been working with Aneesa to help secure a Collar City location.

Cheryl Kennedy, Economic Development Coordinator for the City of Troy said “We met with Aneesa and Muntasim in September of 2016 to discuss her ideas for opening a second Tara Kitchen location here in downtown Troy. Aneesa is such a savvy business woman and her reputation for amazing Moroccan cuisine precedes her, both in her existing restaurant and nationally distributed product line. Tara Kitchen will be a great fit for downtown Troy, and that part of Lower River Street, in particular – it’s a charming location and she’ll be joining a strong community of longstanding small businesses like Flowers by Pesha, Beirut Restaurant, and River Street Pub, along with the more recently opened Love Story Bridal Boutique.”

Tom Rossi, co-owner of Redburn Development Companies, said “We are thrilled to have Tara Kitchen make The River Street Lofts their new home. Their Moroccan cuisine is amazing and they will add great flavor to the city of Troy.”

Tara Kitchen made a major splash on the Capital Region culinary scene in 2012 with their authentic and unique dishes which celebrates Morocco’s rich cuisine and culture. In addition to their Schenectady and recently announced Troy location, Tara Kitchen also offers a line of jarred sauces which are nationally distributed at various retail locations, including Price Chopper, the Honest Weight Food Co-Op, Whole Foods and Foragers Market. The restaurant has also been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including “Essential Capital Region Restaurant” by the Albany Times Union, “Best of the Capital Region” and “Best Kept Secret” by Capital Region Living Magazine, and earned a Number 1 Rating in Schenectady on Yelp for four consecutive years. For more information on Tara Kitchen please visit


John Salka, Deputy Director of Public Information
[email protected] / (518) 279-7131

Cheryl Kennedy, Economic Development Coordinator
[email protected] / (518) 279-7412