Avant Garde India Coffee House Opens on Hillcroft

At the soft opening of the India Coffee House, from left, Roy Joseph, of OnePoint Construction who was the contractor for the interior remodelling effort; Alex Berube the interior designer with OnePoint; David Raj, the owner of ICH; Zhanna, the offical photgrapher and Girish Desai, a friend.

At the soft opening of the India Coffee House, from left, Roy Joseph, of OnePoint Construction who was the contractor for the interior remodelling effort; Alex Berube the interior designer with OnePoint; David Raj, the owner of ICH; Zhanna, the offical photgrapher and Girish Desai, a friend.

By Jawahar Malhotra

HOUSTON: Little India just got its taste of a classy place to have coffee, and not just any type. Its a South Indian style served in small shiny stainless style tumblers with the aroma that takes you back to India. And if you didn’t know anything about coffee, the facts are on the walls and make for interesting reading.

The genius behind the India Coffee House is none other than David Raj who has made headlines as the past president of the Indo American Charity Foundation and made many clients happy in his wealth management consultancy. David has never shied away from a challenge, and when the bug bit him to get into mercahndising, he decided to go into it in a big way.

So at the soft opening this past Sunday, February 24, he was smiling away as the guests poured in to admire the excellent interiors of the space that is in the Hillcroft Shoppinh Center, right next to Kohinoor diamonds. The floor has been smoothened out and given a beautiful epoxy finish that is shiny enough to see your reflection. Roy Joseph of OnePoint construction created a wonderfully warm interior space and in particular the private dining room which has moving stars projected on the ceiling.  “ The trick was to hide the projector,” said Roy as he gave small tour.

India Coffee House is located at 5901 Hillcroft, Suite C2-A, Houston, TX 77036. For more information, call 832-487-6337.

India Coffee House is located at 5901 Hillcroft, Suite C2-A, Houston, TX 77036. For more information, call 832-487-6337.

Joseph owns OnePoint, Inc, a firm of Architects/Engineers/Designers and Construction professionals who have been in business for many years.

“When my closefriend David Raj asked for our help, I couldn’t turn him down,” said Joseph, “and we rose to the occassion to design and build a unique experience for coffee drinkers.” ICH was designed and built to achieve the best functional design and to create one of the most unique Coffee house in Houston. The floor plan was designed for efficient flow and for the patron to have a “coffee experience.” Special attention were taken to install an attractive epoxy flooring with a light gold glitter accent to handle wear and tear from foot traffic and for ease of maintenance.

The space has been designed with a private dining/meeting room for 18 people and is equipped with a 60” flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, dimmable recessed downlights, lay-in fluorescent light fixtures and piped-in music. It can be used for a formal business or a private intimate meetings where the lighting can be changed to create the desired ambiance, including a romantic moving starry night ceiling.

The interior color selection was based on colors of the coffees beans and to create a soothing environment by Alex Berube, OnePoint’s, Interior Designer.The final outcome is a space that is tastefully decorated and the color scheme of the paints, Plastic laminates and furniture’s allow one to relax and take in the atmosphere.

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Raj has shown a passion for helping others which has driven him to work on the Education Initiative for the IACF. He continues this with his new venture. “I have pledged that 25 percent of the profits will go towards charity,” he explained as he catered to the 200 or more guests who came to the opening from 3 in the afternoon all the way to the evening. They were entertained by songs from a trio of talented local singers ( some of whom had performed in the Indian Idol competition last September) just in front of the coffee bar.

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