In the summer of 1990, a storefront in what was once the Massasoit Hotel on Main Street in Springfield, next to the paramount theater building, took on an Indian flavor to be come the Sitar Restaurant. With it’s glassed entryway, dusty-rose decor and interesting classical background music, the Sitar makes a warm and elegant first impression. With a total dining area of some 60 seats the Sitar bids a warm welcome and an extensive menu boasting, a blend of Persian, Kashmiri and vegetarian Hindi cuisine. Sitar restaurants are an oasis, serving a fast growing group of enthusiasts, many of whom started as complete new-comers to the Indian style of cooking. The Singh brothers of Sitar Restaurant come from Banga, a large town in Northern India where their father owned a restaurant and a sweet shop of special desserts.