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By Angela Barbosa
Serving Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Indian fare, the new addition to the diverse gastronomic landscape of downtown Danbury is a family owned and operated restaurant named after the owner’s eldest daughter, Fiza.
For more than three decades after immigrating to the United States from Kashmir, Shakir “Ali” Qureshi dreamed of having his own restaurant.
That dream became a reality in late September when Qureshi opened Fiza along northern Main Street. On April 12, family, friends and customers gathered at the location to partake in the official ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by Mayor Mark Boughton.
“For the first few years I was here, I lived on French fries and chicken sandwiches,” he said. “There was just nothing in the area available. I want to have something where friends, family and the community can all gather for fine food and good times.”
Fiza, 17, a Danbury High school senior, shares how proud she is of her father and honored to have the restaurant carrying her name. “I feel special because my father named the restaurant after me. The food here is good, fresh, clean and tasty. You can have it as spicy or as mild as you want it.”
Fiza Restaurant is located at 395 Main St., Danbury. For more information, please call 203-456-6204 or visit its website at www.fizarestaurantdanbury.com.