Bomy Singh bought the old B&K Drive-In building at 1403 E. Winona Ave., Warsaw, and has begun work inside for the opening of his fast-food restaurant, Bomy’s Authentic Indian Food, in March. Photo by Amanda Bridgman, Times-Union.
Bomy Singh bought the old B&K Drive-In building at 1403 E. Winona Ave., Warsaw, and has begun work inside for the opening of his fast-food restaurant, Bomy’s Authentic Indian Food, in March. Photo by Amanda Bridgman, Times-Union.
A fast-food authentic Indian restaurant is going in the old B&K drive-in on Winona Avenue and plans to be open in March.
Bomy Singh, who owns the Kwik Mart in Columbia City that also sells his food, decided to expand to Warsaw in the old B&K building, 1403 E. Winona Ave., Warsaw, after getting positive feedback from residents.
The restaurant will be called Bomy’s Authentic Indian Food and will serve carry-out with the option to dine in.
“Everyone will be served within five minutes, and we will have a variety of vegan food, vegetarian food and non-vegetarian food,” he said. “So now the vegan eaters can enjoy authentic Indian food.”
Singh is from India and moved to Columbia City from New York. It was then that he realized there weren’t any authentic Indian restaurants around.
“I figured we should have this kind of food over here. Why don’t we start a restaurant that serves what we eat at our home and not adding anything on the top to make it Americanized?” he said about when he first started serving his cooking inside his Kwik Mart in 2015. “And we got a big response for that, I was not like ready for that. We got a lot of caterings and people coming from far away. They travel for my food.”
Singh said a couple has traveled to Columbia City from Coldwater, Mich., numerous times and have told him it’s just to come eat his cooking after they saw online reviews raving about it.
“I was in downtown for a ONE Warsaw event, and I got lined up, and the line was there for four hours. I ran out of food and the line was still there,” Singh said. “So why not come to the city? I tried temporarily two days a week selling my food in a gas station and that did really great, but I finally found a place for me and I’m looking forward to opening sometime in March. Luckily, it’s a really good location, and it was a food place for more than 100 years I?figured out, so this will be again open as a food concept, and my concept is unique. Usually, you go to Indian restaurants and you have to wait 30 minutes or more than that.”
Part of the reason the service will be so quick is because Singh won’t be doing the cooking here. Nor does he do the cooking inside his Kwik Mart. He does have a kitchen space in Columbia City, though, and that’s where he plans to continue to do the cooking, then he will bring the food to both of his locations.
“This will be the first individual food location. My plan is, down the road we have to make more locations in the major cities. I don’t want to change the way we’re cooking. I will stick with the authenticity and the taste so people will get all the same quality and same taste everywhere,” he said.
He also said that he’s not doing any demolition to the building, but he is renovating the inside and gutting the kitchen. There won’t be any car service, either. You have to go in and order. Singh also plans to hire employees and said he can train anyone.
“I’ve had a lot of encouragement and thought why should I not go ahead,” he said. “So now we are putting one in Warsaw, which is a good city for this opportunity.”
Tentative hours will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.