In the coming weeks, The Indian will be changing its name and introducing new dishes, but everything patrons love about the restaurant will remain intact.
The restaurant will be rebranded as Teton Tiger in April. Owners Sununta and Ryan Haworth, who also own Teton Thai in Driggs, will co-brand the two restaurants this spring, showcasing the Jackson location as their pan-Asian brand.
“The scope just became much bigger here,” said Ryan of the evolution.
The change means they will usher in new dishes that allow Sununta, from Teton Thai, and Chef Mike Kitami, from Masa Sushi, to experiment more and dive into their native cuisines with a newfound passion.
The Indian was never intended to be solely Indian cuisine, Haworth said. They had always planned to showcase foods East of the Indian Ocean. The new name better reflects that mission, he said. Patrons might have noticed the Haworths slowly making changes late last year.
They introduced The Rambler, a dish that changes nightly and has switched between Japanese noodle bowls to Thai-style street fried chicken. With Teton Tiger, expect to find new dishes such as Japanese breakfast burritos (you have to eat one to understand). Other new dishes hit the menu this week, including korean ribs, lettuce cups and bison wontons, below.
Korean barbecue ribs with house-made kimchi. These ribs are great to share or as a meal with a side of rice or naan.
Chinese lettuce cups with stir-fried chicken, shitake mushrooms, sesame oil, crispy ramen noodles; a great shared plate or a hearty salad option.
Bison wontons served with mango chutney. The chutney is similar to a sweet and sour sauce, but with Indian spices.
The change to Teton Tiger won’t mean many differences in the feel of the restaurant. Patrons favorite Indian dishes will continue to stay on the menu, and old favorites such as kebabs are coming back. Other changes to expect are new branding (Haworth, an artist, creates the logo).
Teton Tiger also will introduce a mug club. Members will get a key, and only they will have access to their mug — which they can fill with cocktails, beer or wine — secured inside German beer lockers. The restaurants decor will be amped up a little for a more inviting look.
Stay tuned for more details as they evolve.