Chef Cheetie Kumar is bringing vibrant food to Five Points

The Garland team will open a new concept called Ajja near downtown.

Cheetie Kumar sitting on a bartop with Paul Siler beside her.

Paul Siler and Cheetie Kumar collaborated to create Ajja.

Photo by Baxter Miller

Garland Chef Cheetie Kumar and partner Paul Siler plan to open a new restaurant in Raleigh’s Five Points very soon. Ajja, meaning “come over” in Hindi/Urdu, will feature foods from different cultures made with vibrant spices and different cooking techniques drawn from the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Much like the now shuttered Garland, this foodie destination will continue the restaurant’s tradition of highlighting the rich story of NC’s growers by using fresh ingredients. Along with its stylish indoor space, the eatery will include an outdoor bar, extensive dining area under a covered patio, and a large fire pit with views of Raleigh’s skyline.

Adjacent to Anisette Sweet Shop, guests can expect shareable menu items like skewered grilled meats and veggies with bold flavors.

An opening date has not yet been announced, but you can sign up for updates on Ajja’s website. Plus, we’ll keep you in the loop.

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