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Bombay Club Closes After 'Severe Winter'

The Indian restaurant becomes the third South End eatery to close this winter.

Add the Bombay Club to the list of restaurants closing their doors in the South End this winter – the Washington Street restaurant was shuttered Friday morning and will remain closed, sources say.

Owners Vinod and Shikha Kapoor moved the Bombay Club to the South End from Harvard Square in December of 2009 but were unable to succeed in the Pho Republique's former home. Its menu of traditional and innovative South Indian dishes coupled with a full bar couldn’t seem to draw a crowd – the restaurant was frequently empty on weekday nights.

On Friday, a handwritten sign informed customers that the restaurant would be closed for the next three weeks “due to severe winter,” but several sources with knowledge of the space said the restaurant is closed for good.

The Bombay Club is the third eatery to close down this winter after and retreated from the restaurant scene in December and January, respectively. The sizeable restaurant space is reportedly headed for the auction block Friday morning.

At the same time, a handful of new businesses are moving into the area, giving Washington Gateway Main Street Executive Director Nicholas Fedor reason to remain optimistic.

“It’s a good sign of the desirability of Washington Street and the opportunities that are available here,” he said.

Just last week, its intention to take over the vacant storefront at the corner of East Berkeley and Washington streets and a café is slated to move into the former Aroa Fine Chocolate shop.

“We’re very excited and optimistic about the new businesses that are coming into the area,” Fedor said. “We’re confident.”

Messages left with Vinod and Shikha Kapoor were not immediately returned.

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