The Neehee’s Story
If our food intrigued you, here’s our heartfelt story of how it all begun! We are a Patel family of two brothers, Rikesh and Vrijesh and our wives Deepali and Krishna respectively.
Hailing from Gujrat, India and very much Michiganders, we are proud to offer an establishment with an extensive menu of 150 delectable dishes and a single goal of satisfying our customers with culinary best in Indian food. Our name Neehee’s is the culmination of names of our beautiful daughters, Niyati and Heeya. “Ni” from Niyati(pronounced Nee), “Hi” from Heeya(pronounced Hee). In Sanskrit, Niyati means “destiny” and Heeya means “of the heart”.
Our humble beginnings were at Suraj Indian Grocery in 2004. We were able to be community’s favorite with our offerings of Samosas and widely popular freshly squeezed sugarcane juice. By 2006, we incorporated a food counter to serve many more food items. In 2009 we outgrew and relocated to a larger space where we opened Neehee’s, at 45656 Food Road in Canton, Michigan.
Word of mouth got strong and we had diners traveling from all parts of southeast Michigan and areas as far as Chicago, Toronto, and Ohio to sample our menu. Tapping the organic growth, in Fall 2016, Neehee’s opened their second location, a 7,000 square foot standalone building in Troy at 4924 Rochester Road.
Realizing how food can bring a family together, and consequently a community, we have roped in an expansive dining room. Here groups of up to 20 can enjoy a meal together, corporate training and meetings can be conducted in our education room and a large digital screen rotates through local events and international broadcasts of cricket, a popular sport in India. Neehee’s prides itself in offering a wide array of vegan, gluten-free, orthodox(no onion or garlic), and kid’s menu items as well.
Witness your community binding together at Neehee’s and we hope you enjoy our culinary offerings. From our family to yours! Contact us today for franchising opportunities.
About Indian Street Food
India has a variety of street food which is different all the way from the mighty Himalayas in the North to the tropical palm fringed beaches in the South. When various climates, religions, languages, and terrain come into play – just imagine the diversity in the local foods! Street food is characteristic in India since people from all economic groups eat on the roadside almost round the clock. Street food vendors are usually present in crowded areas such as outside colleges, railway stations, shopping complexes, and office areas.
The food is fresh and made right in front of you making you an important part of the process and catering to the taste and flavor that you would prefer. Many vendors even have long time customers that return every day and whose orders are even memorized. Just the way we have childhood friends, work friends or train friends – well, you can add vendor friends to those categories.
For Indians, food can bring back fond memories. The ‘cutting chai’ (term used for a small cup of tea) and pakoras (breaded and batter-fried vegetables) are reminders of soft rainy days, or the ‘chole bhatura’s (spicy chickpea curry with warm freshly made puris) a cold winter’s day, or an ice cold ‘kulfi’ (creamier and denser than ice cream, served in clay pots in flavors like mango and rose) a way to beat the heat. Indians love their small snack in the middle of a long day’s work or just to take a break between shopping or because it’s hella tasty!