The restaurant – which opened its doors in Airdries Stonegate community back in April – boasts numerous elements that likely contributed to the buzz and string of rave reviews that followed suit. These include the use of fresh fruits and vegetables to craft their dishes, attention to detail and a true love and appreciation for Indian cuisine. “We want for you to have an exceptional dining experience when you visit our restaurant. Our dishes are built with a lot of flavours, and nutrients to make you feel welcome, comforted and wanting to return.” Golden Cinnamon also offers take out, dine-in and online orders.
In August of this year the restaurant launched their “Curry for a Cause”. On Tuesdays the restaurant will be supporting their local Airdrie community by donating 10% of the proceeds to local charity organizations.
Restaurant partner Harry Gowda, who has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, said “Curry For a Cause” is the business’ way of showing the community they are thankful for all the support they received when they opened in Airdrie, particularly due to the hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When we were in a hard time, they [helped] us by doing business. So, we want to give it back,” Gowda said.
Gowda said he immigrated to Canada from India just over two years ago – initially landing in Lethbridge, Alberta. With no job and few funds, he said he relied on community support systems like the local food bank to get him through his day-to-day life.
“I had to take help from the community,” he said, “We know that there is always hard times on both ends. But we’ve got support from them our community, now we’re in a position to give back.”
The support he received from the community is what inspired him to give back to his new home of Airdrie. He said he recognizes his business wouldn’t have survived the pandemic without the help of the community, and now it is time for him to return the favour.
Whether you order some samosas or pakoda to start, some tikka masala or butter chicken as your main dish, an order of naan or rice pudding for dessert, a portion of your bill will be used to support an organization in the community.
Gowda said the first organization that will receive the funds raised from “Curry for a Cause” will be the Airdrie Food Bank, likely followed by the Airdrie and District Victims Assistance Society.
Since moving from Lethbridge a few months ago, Gowda has been appreciative of the support he has received from his new community. He added he is looking forward to meeting all of the great people that call the city of Airdrie and surrounding community's home.
According to Gowda, the plan is to run the event for approximately one year, in order to donate sufficient money to each of the chosen charities.
You can visit the restaurant located just off of Veteran’s Boulevard and Main Street in Airdrie, their website at goldencinnamon.ca Or keep up to date from following along on facebook.