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Cheap Eats: Udipi Cafe

posted on June 4, 2009 at 6:01 pm

You can frequent a restaurant for years and never know its story. Take Udipi Café (1707 Church St., Decatur, 404-325-1933, www.udipicafeusa.com), for instance. I’d always thought the restaurant was some corporate chain until revisiting to explore the new location. But I’m getting ahead of myself. …
Back in April, I received a handful of frantic e-mails from readers reporting that the restaurant had closed. But it hadn’t. The owner, Suresh Sheregar, relocated two minutes away to resolve the nightmarish parking situation that had deterred so many would-be customers for years. Now the restaurant has plenty of parking and a fresh look. But that’s not the only news. Udipi opened a second Atlanta location in Duluth about a year ago, which is smaller, but a welcome option for OTP folks craving vegetarian South Indian fare. December brought Moksha, an upscale non-vegetarian option in Roswell featuring a comprehensive menu of specialties from every state in the sub-continent. And Bay Leaves — a buffet-only spot with both vegetarian and meat dishes — will open in the old Decatur Udipi space sometime next month.
As impressive as Sheregar’s span of Atlanta’s restaurants is, the four establishments are just a small part of the big picture. After speaking with Sheregar, I learned the restaurant is not a traditional chain, but a complete family affair. Sheregar started working in the restaurants of Mumbai to support himself after his father passed away when he was a teenager. Click here to read the rest…
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2 comments

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Udipi Cafe
    posted by: Anonymous · June 5, 2009  4:27 AM

    http://www.udipicafeusa.com

    psst… that URL takes you to a restaurant chain with locations in Texas.

  • Re: Cheap Eats: Udipi Cafe
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · June 5, 2009  4:28 AM

    That's the URL the restaurant gave me. They said it needed to be updated.

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