Monday, November 4, 2019
Haveli-Banjara has not been open lately on 2nd Avenue
[Photo from Saturday night]
The Haveli Banjara Indian Restaurant at 100 Second Ave. remained dark for the second weekend.
A tipster told us that they are closed for good. A "Sorry we are closed today" sign has been on the front door here between Fifth Street and Sixth Street. (This is one of those inconclusive, vague-yet-specific signs that provides hope that the place isn't actually done for, like they might be back open tomorrow...)
[Photo by Steven]
In any event, there's no other message on the restaurant's website about a temporary or permanent closure. The phone goes unanswered.
In November 2017, the staff told patrons that they would be closing in early 2018, with the hopes of finding another location nearby. However, that obviously never happened.
One EVG source said that the previous landlord died. The building has been on the market since September 2017. The current asking price is $7.2 million, down from an original price of $8.6 million.
Haveli is/was the oldest Indian restaurant in the East Village (that is/was STILL in business), opening in 1987. Banjara moved in here in November 2013.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Haveli Banjara Indian Restaurant said to be closing and relocating early next year