NEWTOWN >> Big news for Sycamore Street and our friends over at Guru’s Indian Cuisine.

Later this year Chef Guru and the crew will be pulling up roots on Cambridge Lane and moving down the street to the former Saloon at Jefferson Street.

Come early December, you will be able to sip unique cocktails and savor Guru’s authentic Indian cooking a 1/2 mile down the road at its bigger and better location at 203 North Sycamore Street.

“Walk in the front door and you’ll be able to order a drink at the bar while tasting a wide variety of tapas, including healthy, gluten-free and vegan options,” said our friends at Guru. “The restaurant side will still serve the traditional Indian cuisine that you know and love.”

Guru’s will be transforming the upstairs into banquet rooms with the option of a more intimate gathering space for up to 20 people, equipped with a projector that would be the perfect option for your next corporate meeting, or a large banquet room for up to 100 people - ideal for birthday parties, weddings, showers and more.

Since its opening, Guru’s has built a reputation for its Indian food and its generosity in the community.

Inside the kitchen, Chef Ashni Kumar Guru recreates and reinterprets the dishes of India from the diverse Indian states to unique fusions of classic recipes with Indo-Chinese and Mexican culinary influences.

Stayed tuned for future updates regarding their big grand reopening.

“We can’t wait for you to see the new and improved Guru’s and we thank you all for your love and loyalty,” they say in a message to their customers.

In the meantime, stop by their restaurant at 12 Cambridge Lane and sample their delicious Indian fare. They serve a daily Indian lunch buffet seven days a week, a great way to sample their cooking.

Taking the Thyme

On August 23, I had the chance to take a look inside the new Thyme Bar and Grill at the former Black Horse Tavern at South State Street and Centre Avenue.

It’s amazing what the new owners - Sal DiNardo and Steve Preski - have done with the place in just a few short months, including the transformation of the second floor into a beautiful sit down dining area.

With a renewed focus on family dining and a more casual tavern experience, the days of the late night “frat house” bar scenes are history, assure the new owners.

“We’re changing it from ‘a bar that serves food’ to ‘a restaurant that serves alcohol,’” said Dinardo.

And the food I sampled, including the lobster roll, lamb and salmon, was fantastic. The menu is chock full of a diverse selection of American fusion dishes.

With 26 beers on tap, specialty cocktails and creative cuisine, Thyme is sure to be a delicious addition to Newtown’s restaurant scene.

Jack Erickson, a longtime patron and accomplished photographer, said he is thrilled by the changes to his favorite watering hole. While I was there Jack presented the owners with a photograph he took back in the 1950s of famous Hollywood actress and sex symbol Marilyn Monroe. Maybe it will be the first of many to grace its walls.

Thyme’s owners expect to be fully up and running by mid-September after a soft opening in late August and early September. For the latest, friend them on Facebook.

Who needs the ocean?

Another new addition coming soon to State Street is a therapeutic salt cave.

That’s right, for all you holistic spelunkers out there and anyone looking to relive some stress, you’ll want to check this place out when it opens.

For a preview of what’s coming to Newtown at the Hillborn Mews, visit the Salt Cave at 304 North Main Street in downtown Doylestown.

The Cave consists of nearly 5000 pounds of pink Himalayan salt. Even the floor is a bed of pink salt!

Customers can relax and detox in a tranquil and beautiful environment in one of the cave’s zero gravity recliners. Pillows and blankets are available for added comfort.

While chilling in the cave,meditative music plays as you escape from the everyday busy life. A Halogenerator infuses the air with pharmaceutical grade therapeutic salt. Each session is 45 minutes long.

For centuries, monks used naturally-occurring salt caverns to treat respiratory ailments. Today, manmade saltrooms recreate salt caverns, with one huge improvement over nature: in a Halotherapy room, a salt vapor machine pumps pharmaceutical grade dry aerosol salt vapor into the air, so you can breathe it deep into your lungs.

Salt is known to be: anti-bacterial, mucolytic (loosens mucus and phlegm) and anti-inflammatory.

Breathing salt vapor takes the healing properties of salt deep into the respiratory system – which explains why salt miners have always been so healthy.

According to our friends at the Salt Cave, studies show that people with chronic upper respiratory conditions, airborne allergies, sinusitis and cystic fibrosis derive significant benefits from Halotherapy. And that more than 40 years of research, conducted around the world, shows that treatment with Halotherapy has beneficial effects.

“The Salt Cave promises you that by spending 45 minutes in a salt cave will have you feeling like you have spent a day at the beach! Your skin will even glow too,” said the owners.

Ribbon cuttings

The Newtown Business Association will be welcoming three new businesses to town with ceremonial ribbon cuttings on Sept. 8. Come on out and help welcome each to town.

The ribbon will be cut at 9:30 a.m. at 75 Cabinets, 2106 S. Eagle Road (Village of Newtown South near Wendy’s), 10:15 a.m. at Klatzkin & Company, 642 Newtown-Yardley Road, Suite 210-220, and at 11 a.m. at Triple Sun Spirits, 126 S. State Street No. 200, Newtown Borough.

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