After 36-Year Run, House of India Closes in Coral Gables

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David Minsky
House of India closed for good. Possible reopening in Fort Lauderdale?
Since 1975, House of India has been open for business, so you might be a bit surprised to see a "Closed" sign taped to the window of the front door.

That's because after 36 years of serving buffet-style Indian and Pakistani cuisine at Douglas Road and Miracle Mile, chef and owner Darshan Singh finally closed up shop due to dwindling business and rent hikes.

The trouble began two years ago when rent began increasing from $7,000 per month to almost $15,000 per month. Because of its prime location near Miracle Mile and because it faces the street, rent became more expensive over the years.

Despite a local following and the fact it's a popular destination for its lunchtime buffet, Singh struggled to make the rent before finally deciding in January to close. "I tried my best for a year, but the economy and business is slow," Singh says. "It's my decision; nobody tells me I have to close. I can't afford rent."

For nearly four decades, Singh built a reputation based on three things: good service, authentic cuisine, and reasonable prices, with a lunch buffet costing a little more than $12. From nan bread to samosas and chana masala, everything was always made fresh.

The lunch buffet was among a handful of places in Miami where vegetarians could pig out. Same with carnivores: House of India had a selection of meats ranging from spiced chicken to goat curry. There are only a handful of Indian restaurants in Miami, and with the closing of House of India, only two buffets remain.

Singh lives in Fort Lauderdale and is exploring the possibility of opening a restaurant by the same name up there.

"Who knows what will happen," Singh says. "God knows."

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Location Info

House of India - CLOSED

22 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL

Category: Restaurant


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Carmen
Carmen

I am so sad.  Been a loyal customer here for over 25 years.  

Ariel_ernesto
Ariel_ernesto

Yo no se a donde esta ciudad de Coral Gables va a parar con estos aumentos....de contra que la economia esta por el piso aun quiere oprimir a los dueños de negocios y exprimirlos hasta mas no poder...como se les ocurre semejante incremento de renta cuando ni siquiera los que visitan el restaurant pueden parquiar libremente y disfrutar la cena??...es absurdo y explotador...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yosho2k
Yosho2k

I live in North Miami, I'd rather drive to Ft. Lauderdale than Coral Gables. 

GoodEats
GoodEats

Sad, need more Indian places here.   Fortunately a new place just opened at Biscayne and NE 74th Street, Namaste.  It's very inexpensive.

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