The restaurant, originally called Panahar Indian Cuisine, was opened by Mokles Bhuyina, who came to the United States in 1978 and served both Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. Panahar was purchased later that year by Mirza Chowdhury, a former maitre d' at the now-shuttered Abbey in Midtown and food and beverage director of the Georgia World Congress Center, who changed the menu to focus strictly on Bangladeshi food.
The menu boasted fish, lamb, chicken, beef, goat and vegetables, all of which can be prepared and adjusted to suit a customer's palate.
Panahar is the latest metro Atlanta restaurant to close during the coronavirus pandemic, joining Cacao Cafe in Virginia Highland, Donquixote as reported by Atlanta Magazine and Blaxican in Peachtree Corners as reported by Eater Atlanta.
The AJC has reached out for comment on Panahar’s closure.