i keep updated on all things minar on foobooz.com. apparently they are 'close' to opening, but they've been close since march. le sigh.
as for comparables, tiffin i hate to say is way better. tiffin has emerged as the front runner for competition if minar ever does return. as for similar tastes to minar (inlcuding the slightly too oily dishes) is lovash on south street.