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Offering FREE Buffets During Government Shutdown is One Way These Immigrants Want to Thank America

Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg helped cut the Grand Opening ribbon welcoming DIYA Indian Cuisine to Old Town’s historic district. (Photo by Lucelle O’Flaherty)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Raj Tamang and his partners of DIYA Indian Cuisine, located in the heart of Old Town at 218 N. Lee Street say, “We (Shyam Lama, Raj Tamang and Roger Lin) are immigrants to this great nation. We went to school, started families and businesses here. To us, the United States is sanctuary, land of opportunity and most importantly, our home. By offering the Diya Shutdown Special, we want to recognize the important work our public servants do everyday and give appreciation for their dedication.”

DIYA opened in the upstairs level of the Crilley Warehouse in late summer to rave reviews by local media and the food, staff and general atmosphere were so immediately inviting that many patrons were already calling themselves regulars within the first few weeks.

Family-owned and operated by Raj Tamang and Shyam Lama, who also own Tandoori Nights Fairfax, the Indian-Nepalese eatery is a culinary salute to the ingredients and preparations of Tamang’s homeland.

The authentic tandoori chicken is deeply marinated and caramelized when it roasts in Diya’s traditional clay oven. (Photo by Mary Wadland)

Now going strong and offering daily lunch and dinner buffets as well as the regular menu, DIYA wanted to give back in a small way to the government employees in their own backyard.

Diya Indian Cuisine is offering free buffet lunches to any Federal Government employee during the shutdown. This offer is available every weekday (Monday to Friday) from 11 am to 1 pm starting January 2nd, 2019 and ending January 11th, 2019 to any person who shows a current Federal Government employment ID. Offer does not include soft drinks or alcoholic beverages and is limited to dine-in lunch buffet service only, while supplies last. 

DIYA Indian Cuisine

218 N Lee St 2nd floor, Alexandria, VA 22314

(703) 706-5338

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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