It appears there will be an Indian restaurant showdown in Forest Hills after the Bukhara Indian Bistro recently announced it's moving mere feet away from Tikki Masala. Bukhara will be moving from 701 Centre St., one of the busiest areas for commercial foot traffic in Jamaica Plain, to 3698 Washington St., and Tikki Masala is located at 3706 Washington St. A sign in Bukhara's door says they're moving on April 1. It is not clear whether they will be opening in their new location on that day. Maybe a new location will serve Bukhara well, as they were shutdown twice for extended periods of time in 2018 for health code violations.
A member of the team handling the massive Casey Arborway project briefed local business leaders Wednesday on progress. The session took place at the monthly meeting of the JP Business and Professional Association. Nate Curtis, public involvement specialist for the project, outlined several aspects of the demolition and construction. Of course a major concern for the neighborhood and those passing through is traffic. Curtis said the traffic patterns now established will largely hold through the expected end of major construction in fall 2016.
Family, friends and customers of Tikki Masala dance at the restaurant's grand opening on Nov. 1, 2014. Credit: Chris Helms
Rain didn't dampen the joy Saturday as the Sharma family held a grand opening for the third Indian restaurant in Jamaica Plain. The festivities for Tikki Masala began with professional drummer Sandeep Das playing his dhol, a traditional two-headed drum, to induce a frenzy of dancing on the sidewalk outside 3706 Washington St. There was also a ribbon cutting and a free buffet for the packed crowd.
Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for Friday, Oct. 31. Funeral Arrangements for Mayor Menino: If you'd like to pay your respects to former Mayor Tom Menino, who died Thursday at 71, his body will lie in state at Fanueil Hall at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The funeral Mass, which is private, will take place at noon Monday in Hyde Park.