Ricky Walia, managing director of Cafe Bombay Indian Bistro, has leased the former Osteria Cibo Rustico in Toco Hills Promenade.
Osteria Cibo Rustico opened in place of Mirko Pasta at Toco Hills Promenade in November, 2013. The restaurant closed this past October after less than a year in business. The space was reportedly considered by a number of restaurants, but Walia was able to make the deal happen.
(Sources say that both Bhojanic and NaanStop, two other local Indian restaurants, have previously looked at space in Toco Hills Promenade.)
Walia plans to open "Masti - Fun Indian Street Eats" in early March. Masti will be similar to Decatur's Chai Pani and offer a variety of Indian street food in a modern, colorful, yet approachable environment. Masti translates to "fun" in Hindi.
Cafe Bombay, located on Briarcliff Road near Target, has been a popular Indian eatery since its inception in 2004. According to a recently installed billboard on I-85, Cafe Bombay is "Rated #1 Indian Restaurant in Atlanta."
Prior to opening Cafe Bombay in 2004, Walia and his parents operated another Indian eatery in Tucker. All told, the Walia's have been in the Indian restaurant business for over 25 years. In addition to Cafe Bombay, the Walia's operate "CB Catering," one of the most popular Indian caterers in the country. The restaurant and catering business are included in "Walia Hospitality Group."
At roughly 2,500 square feet, Masti will be slightly smaller than Cafe Bombay.
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