Following in the footsteps of fellow Colorado-based fast-casual chains like Chipotle, Noodles & Company and Qdoba, Bombay Bowl is swinging for the fences. Amar Singh, founder of the restaurant at 12023 East Arapahoe Road in Centennial, expects to open two dozen more restaurants within the next five years in Colorado and beyond.
Bombay Bowl serves reasonably priced, choose-your-own bowls, wraps and salads featuring flavors from all four culinary regions of India. You can get a tikka or vindaloo sauce with your bowl or salad, accompanied by raita or one of several different chutneys. Bombay Bowl also serves Indian staples like naan, samosas and, for dessert, rice pudding.
Singh says that, as far as he knows, Bombay Bowl will be the first chain of its kind in the world to serve deconstructed Indian food in a fast-casual environment.
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At least one Bombay Bowl restaurant will be open in Colorado by the end of the year, with more in the pipeline, he says. And while he's unwilling to divulge exact locations pending ongoing negotiations over space, all told he expects five to eight of the new restaurants to be located in Colorado with the remainder slated for major cities along the east and west coasts.
He emphasizes Bombay Bowl's healthy, wholesome ingredients and flexible menu with numerous options as indicators of the aspiring chain's ability to succeed. "When they walk in, they'll see it's no different than other fast-casual restaurants," he insists.
Singh plans to modify expectations and plans as the chain grows. He suggests this could include, for example, using local ingredients. "As we grow we want to make sure we are working with local vendors."
For more information on Bombay Bowl, read our dispatch on Bombay Bowl's opening last year, or call 303-339-5500.