The battle of the Bombays

Naana naaana nah na

For a couple days a few weeks ago, there were two Bombay Indian restaurants operating on Rivers Avenue a naan’s throw from each other. 

The story of how this happened depends on who you talk to, but it goes something like this. Bombay was leased by its original operators to a new management team a couple years ago. All the new guys had to do was move in and start running the place. One of those managers, Javed Khan, says they had great success, steadily growing the business. 

But a few weeks ago, Khan and his partner were out and the old owners were back in. How and why it happened remains unclear. Of course, accusations are flying from both sides. 

Khan and crew vacated the 6216 Rivers Avenue location on a Friday and planned to set up a new Bombay Restaurant at 6150 Rivers Avenue by the following week. That Sunday, the original owners re-opened the Bombay at 6216 Rivers, advertising a cheaper buffet ($7.99!) and effectively confusing the hell out of regular customers. 

That Wednesday, an ad in the City Paper announced Bombay had moved to a new location. But the sign remained on the old building and the original owners retained the name of the business. At the “new” Bombay, Javed Khan and his business partner quickly changed the name of their restaurant to Bollywood Café. They also called a lawyer. 

While the legal questions get hashed out, Indian food lovers can check out the dueling buffets on Rivers Avenue. Bombay has a $7.99 spread while Bollywood Cafe is keeping theirs at $8.99. If Savannah Highway can support neighboring Indian restaurants (Nirlep and Taste of India), then surely Rivers Avenue can too.

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