Rano Singh has already leased the space that used to be occupied by popular gay bar, Club Chaos through 2008. She has even transformed the space from a club atmosphere into a light open area with wooden furniture and mosaic tiles covering the walls. However, her dream of bringing Pansaari, an Indian grocery store that offers cooking classes, a bookstore and a chai bar, now faces a huge setback in the form of construction costs. Singh states, "the costs of providing basic heating, ventilation, cooling, plumbing, and electric upgrades are far greater than my original estimate from a contractor." In fact, the quality of air conditioning in the space was a complaint even when Club Chaos was still open. Check out the gallery above for a look inside Pansaari and if you think the concept sounds like a welcome addition to the Dupont neighborhood, Singh's Kickstarter campaign can be found here.
· Kickstarter Campaign for Dupont Indian Grocery [SALM]
· Pansaari- indian grocery, chai, cooking class. 'Tis time DC! [Kickstarter]
· Club Chaos - CLOSED [Yelp]