Dining With Denise Neil

Mumbai Rail temporarily closes while owners regroup, evaluate processes

Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro is temporarily closed after two days in business.
Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro is temporarily closed after two days in business. The Wichita Eagle

Mumbai Rail Indian Bistro, the new restaurant that Neil Bhakta opened on Friday in the new Union Station project, is temporarily closing, Bhakta said.

He closed the restaurant on Sunday but said he hopes to have it reopen by May 10 after he and general manager Ravi Zinzuwadia have a chance to re-evaluate their processes, start over with a new head chef and train the staff, Bhakta said in an e-mail on Sunday.

“The two days we were open have given us a great opportunity to get a feel for how the restaurant will flow,” he said. “It allowed us to get used to the equipment and see our strengths and weaknesses.”

The restaurant is in the old Rock Island Depot building at 701 E. Douglas. It’s in the back half of the building, just behind the new Smoothie King, which Bhakta also owns.

Bhakta said he also ran out of inventory during the two days he was in business.

This is the second Wichita restaurant in a week to close to regroup just after opening. Yokohama Ramen Joint at 613 W. Douglas also closed down after one day in business after attracting large crowds and running out of food. It reopened the next day.

I’ll let you know when Mumbai Rail reopens.

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