The restaurant closing epidemic in New Haven has spread. This time, the restaurants effected are Thali Too and Oaxaca Kitchen.
Both restaurants have served the New Haven community for quite a few years. Thali Too was in New Haven for ten years, while Oaxaca Kitchen was there for seven. Oaxaca Kitchen, a Mexican restaurant, closed their doors this past Saturday. Thali Too — a restaurant known for its vegetarian options– will remain open until Oct. 29, despite the efforts of a community GoFundMe page to save the restaurant.
According to an article in the New Haven Register entitled “Thali Too, Oaxaca Kitchen Closing in Downtown New Haven,” the restaurants are closing because owner Chef Prasad Chirnomul could no longer support the restaurants financially. The article then went onto state Chirnomul said he decided it was time to “move on and close some of the restuarants.”
The closing of the two restaurants will led to 30 to 40 workers losing their jobs, the article states.
In addition to these two restaurants, Chirnomul also closed a third restaurant, Thali on Sept. 30. But, these restaurants aren’t the only ones in New Haven that are closing their doors. Last month, the Elm City said goodbye to local favorite Anna Liffey’s.
However, these aren’t the only places Chiromul owns, as he has restaurants scattered around the state. But, despite the closure of these restaurants, the article stated Chirnomul said he hopes he will return back to New Haven, calling the Elm City a “food capital.” He’s even already started to look at new properties in New Haven.
And, that classification is true — as the downtown area is a foodie’s dream with an insane variety of delicious eats.
While the doors have closed permanently on these two restaurants, be sure to have one last dish at Thali Too before they close their doors permanently next week.