"When is Bombay Bistro gonna open?"
That's the No.1 question in my e-mail in-box hit parade.
I've popped my head into the on-the-verge-of-opening restaurant so many times now that I feel I've been welcomed and adopted as a member of the owners' family.
The answer to the question I've asked the people at Bombay Bistro keeps going like this: "In about ..."
Let's park that sentence there. Because parking is what is keeping Bombay Bistro from opening. Co-owner Anita Walia told me today that she and her husband, Kamal, are ready to open ... in about a week, maybe two.
She said the city of Tacoma required Bombay Bistro to build additional parking. There are already 14 spaces in front of the restaurant, which is housed in a former convenience store building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Stevens Street, a thoroughfare intersection, where there's not much street parking.
The Walias are building a 20-space parking lot across the street from Bombay Bistro. But only 20 spaces -- one more and the project would fall under a different set of codes, Anita Walia said. Meanwhile as the parking project turns, heavy equipment dug up the parking lot in front of the restaurant this week.
"Everything was stuck because of the parking issue," Anita Walia said. "I do not see any reason why anything has to be so complicated."
Walia said Bombay Bistro's liquor license is in conditional limbo until the city of Tacoma signs off on the parking lot construction. But, reached by cellphone in New York today, she said she's ready to open without a liquor license.
And that'll happen in about ...
Stay tuned, Indian food lovers.