Indo-Mexican restaurant (with real shakes!) comes to downtown St. Catharines


Published August 21, 2023 at 12:37 pm

Munch-o-holics Shake-a-Licious owner Rishi Tangri, right, and manager Yogita stand in front of the new Indo-Mexican fusion restaurant at 259 St Paul St. in downtown St. Catharines. (Photos: St. Catharines Downtown Business Association)
The latest addition to the downtown St. Catharines food scene, Munch-O-Holics went from meals-on-wheels to bricks-and-mortar pretty quickly.

When owner Rishi Tangri, a Niagara College general business student, graduated, he decided to head into the food industry.

Loving the variety of multicultural dishes in this region, Tangri started his culinary journey by opening the Munch-O-Holics food truck at the outlets in Niagara-on-the-Lake – an endeavour that quickly became a hit with locals and tourists.

Considering the success of this business, the idea to expand formed giving Rishi the room to create something he hadn’t seen in Niagara – Indo-Mexican fusion, figuring the composition of both Indian and Mexican dishes are somewhat similar

Open he took his talents off-road, setting up shop with a restaurant at 259 St Paul St. in downtown St. Catharines a couple of months ago.

The first half of the restaurant’s full name – Munch-O-Holics Shake-A-Licious – plays on people’s love for snacking and shopping while the second half is a nod to their significant milkshake line with over 30 flavours.

Tangri landed in downtown St. Catharines because of the high amount of foot traffic and quickly noted how kind and welcoming his neighbours have been.

As the only Indo-Mexican restaurant in the Niagara Region, Tangri suggests if you are unfamiliar with the cuisine, start with their butter chicken, the eatery’s bestseller.

The St. Catharines Downtown Business Association is welcoming the restaurant’s foray into the neihbourhood, noting, “Rishi prides himself on using fresh, high-quality produce to ensure that every creation tastes as good as it looks. We are so excited to see Rishi embark on this new business venture and encourage you to go for Indo-Mexican delights.”

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