Bombay Clay Oven has been a Cherry Creek mainstay for nearly twenty years — quite a feat in a neighborhood known for a fickle attitude toward eateries. And owners Rohini and Marshall Miranda also operated a second Indian restaurant, the quick-service Saucy Bombay, for five years on the 16th Street Mall until redevelopment closed the Republic Plaza food court.
Since last year, Saucy Bombay has been without a home, but the Mirandas just signed a lease on a new space and will soon reopen at 2600 East Colfax Avenue.
"It felt like a good fit, with the Tattered Cover next door and [East High School] across the street," says Rohini Miranda.
Saucy Bombay will include a tight range of Indian classics served as wraps, bowls and plates with choices of proteins or vegetables. "You can get a meal for about $10 in under three minutes," Marshall explains.
"Bread will be the centerpiece," he continues, explaining that a "naan wallah" (bread expert) will bake fresh naan to order in a tandoori oven that will be a central feature of the serving line. And the restaurant will take advantage of the big, Colfax-facing windows by placing the kitchen and service line at the front of the restaurant, in full view of passersby.
Rohini is also an architect, and as such, has had input in the design of Saucy Bombay. But the couple is also working with River Studio Architects on the plan. The main renovation of the address is scheduled to be complete by the end of summer, when the Mirandas will be able to take possession and begin the restaurant buildout, with an expected opening date in late fall.
The Mirandas, who first opened Bombay Clay Oven in 1993 in Highlands Ranch before moving the restaurant to Cherry Creek in 1997, live in the neighborhood near Saucy Bombay's new location and are looking forward to bringing their style of Indian cuisine to the area, making it the only Indian restaurant on East Colfax.