Over the past couple of months, Mumbai Rail’s owners have changed their minds several times. And now, they’ve changed them again.
The bottom line: Don’t plan to dine at the restaurant in Union Station, 711 E. Douglas, any time soon.
Back in April, the restaurant;s owners Neil Bhakta and Mikel Bowyer said they planned to close their restaurant and retool it, aiming for a June re-opening. A week later, they decided they’d remain open after all, saying their customers had protested and asked them to reconsider.
Things have changed again. Now, the restaurant is operating just as a cocktail lounge, open only in the evenings. It also does catering. Its new name, according to its Facebook page, is The Mumbai Rail Scratch Cocktails and Catering.
Bowyer responded to a message by saying that he and his wife are working on an appetizer menu but for now want to operate just as a cocktail lounge. Once they’ve made a transition to their new business model – a lounge, gallery, small event venue and catering service – they’ll make an official announcement.
I did not hear back from Bhakta, the restaurant’s founder.
The hours are now 4 p.m. to midnight Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Mumbai Rail first opened last May, closing down almost immediately to reevaluate its processes then reopening a week later.
I’ll let you know if I get more details.