Cheetie Kumar is the co-owner and head chef of Garland, a highly regarded, relatively new restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Additionally, her partners own the adjoining bar downstairs, Neptunes, and the well-known music venue upstairs, Kings. For more than 15 years, Cheetie has played guitar in two Raleigh bands—first The Cherry Valence and then Birds of Avalon—and has spent time as an audio engineer and producer, often alongside Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Wilco, and Pavement).

Raised in India and the Bronx, Cheetie settled in Raleigh after attending UMass Amherst.

Back to Lineup