Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dévi is History

Dévi, perhaps the best upscale Indian restaurant in New York City of recent years, has closed. According to an announcement on the restaurant's website:

Dévi has closed.

As the executive chefs of Dévi, both Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur are extremely disappointed to learn that operational differences between the restaurant’s owner and the staff have led to the closing of Dévi. Having devoted themselves to creating the unique brand of Indian home cooking that has become their signature, both Suvir and Hemant regret that the culinary journeys that they enjoyed together in fulfilling their responsibilities for food preparation in the kitchen of Dévi have come to an end.

I don't know what the operational differences might have been, but Dévi's owner is also owner of the bafflingly successful Baluchi's chain, mediocre, downscale, cookie-cutter Indian restaurants around the city. When he staked chefs Suvir Saran & Hemant Mathur, formerly of Amma, in this restaurant it was intended as the classy jewel in the restaurateur's crown. Perhaps he couldn't handle the class.


Blogger Tana Butler said...

Did you see this?


And this?


That's all I'm saying. Good news on the horizon, though, yes?

4:40 PM  

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