An Indian restaurant that gained national exposure when its owner competed on a popular cooking show is set to change hands and be replaced by another Indian restaurant.
To our friends and fans we regret to inform you that our food journey with y’all will be coming to an end after an incredible 4 years. This week we will be transitioning Tava to a new owner and will continue to operate under the name for a few more weeks. We thank you all for your constant patronage over the years. We are looking forward to our next chapter as we venture into other endeavors. We will truly miss our customers!
The space will be taken over by Bawarchi Biryanis, an Indian restaurant that also has a location in Sandy Springs.
Duluth native Farhan Momin, whose family owns Tava, competed last year on the ninth season of the televised cooking competition MasterChef, where he made it to the top six. The family will continue to own a butcher shop a couple of doors down from Tava.
The Tava menu features Indian fusion dishes such as a nihari sandwich, which Momin described as “the Indian version of sloppy joe” and a butter chicken pizza.
Momin, who is finishing up dental school in Chicago, plans to return to the Atlanta area after school.
He said co-owning Tava with his sister and parents helped him focus on what he wanted to do with food and find his voice. The experience, he said, will prove useful when he embarks on his next culinary adventure.
He said he sees himself operating a pop-up or delivery service and potentially opening another restaurant soon, with a menu he describes as “less classic, more modern Indian.”
“I want to tell our family’s story through the food we create,” he said.