New England Indian restaurant giant One World Cuisine, has closed down one of the oldest Indian eateries in the area, Café of India in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Mass., and is also shutting down the upscale Mantra in Boston. The company says the moves are part of a new repositioning strategy.
"We're repositioning our OneWorld chain of Indian restaurants in Greater Boston and exploring the opportunity to open a high-end Indian restaurant on the Boston waterfront. Also, we will be soon opening our Dosa Factory brand in Waltham and a few other suburban locations," said Amrik Pabla, president and chief executive officer of OneWorld Cuisine. "As we launch our new strategy, we will be closing our Mantra restaurant in Boston. And yesterday, we closed our Café of India in Harvard Square in Cambridge after the lease expired."
Café of India has been a stalwart in Harvard Square for about 25 years. Mantra, which opened in 2001, is an Indian-French fusion restaurant that has often been lauded as one of the trendiest locations in the city.
One World Cuisine has a range of Indian-themed restaurants and stores in the Boston area ranging from casual takeout to fine dining. All restaurants offer dine-in, takeout and catering. The company boasts that its culinary offerings range from traditional Indian dishes to new cutting-edge selections. The portfolio includes restaurants that offer concepts such as hot-stone cooking, Indo-Chinese and French-Indian.
Restaurants include: Bukhara in Jamaica Plain; Diva Bistro in Davis Square, Somerville; Dosa Factory in Cambridge; Kashmir in Back Bay, Boston; Metro in Boston's South End; and Mumbai Chopstix in Back Bay, Boston.
Stores include: Doma in Harvard Square, Cambridge; Libby's in Central Square, Cambridge; and Shalimar in Cambridge.