Dishes from Tava Indian Bistro in Decatur
Photo: Contributed by Tava Indian Bistro
Photo: Contributed by Tava Indian Bistro

Restaurant co-owned by MasterChef contestant to close in Decatur

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.

Tava Indian Bistro announced on its Instagram account that it will be closing in about a month at 1685 Church St. in Decatur.

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.

Farhan Momin, a first-generation Indian-American from Duluth, will be on the new season of 'MasterChef' premiering May 30 on FOX.

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. 


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