Bollywood Cafe Folds Before its First Birthday

bolly2Sad news from Rivers Avenue: According to a tweet from @CharlestonFood, Bollywood Café has closed.

The Indian restaurant’s website is out of service, and its voice mailbox is full, suggesting the “for lease” sign in the window does signal the end of the breakaway buffet.

Owners of Bombay Restaurant last summer opened Bollywood in a former Wendy’s after a landlord dispute ended their tenure 400 feet up the street. Another operating group took over the Bombay name and venue.

In my three-star review of the restaurant, I wrote, “Its kitchen is cooking with vigor and panache, and its staff is as sunny as the saffron curtains that lend an Indian touch to an otherwise generic-looking dining room… classic dishes are executed with resounding confidence, and servers aren’t frazzled by the midday buffet crush.”

Online reviewers generally shared my opinion. On Yelp, where the restaurant racked up a solid four-star rating, diners called the food “magical” and “awesome.”

“My wife and I have been here three times in the past month or so,” a Yelper wrote in January. “At first, we just wanted to see what all the buzz was about. Now, we run the risk of becoming regulars.”

Risk averted.

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