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Fire at Bengal Tiger in White Plains

http://www.lohud.com/article/20107070378

... involving 3 other nearby businesses. I haven't been the hugest fan of BT in recent years, but it is sad nonetheless.

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Bengal Tiger
140 E Post Rd, White Plains, NY 10601

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  1. Loks like the Cuban restaurant, the Latin American Cafe, got caught in the blaze too (Great roast pork and Cuban sandwiches). I feel really bad for these small business people. I hope that they're all to rebuild and reopen in the very near future.

    Also the W.P. farmers' market was operating in the parking lot behind that stretch of buildings. Let's see if they're open next Wednesday.

    1. It looks like BT was completely destroyed. That is sad, it was a local institution and an old personal favorite. I am sorry for all of the shop and restaurant owners involved.

      1. I was going to add it to the "closed in White Plains" thread but I guess that's not necessary now.

        1. I stopped by to look late last night. The Bengal Tiger and the Latin American Cafe were both completely destroyed. They were still dumping water on the restaurant at 10:00 at night. Very sad for me. The Bengal Tiger was the first Indian food I had, back in 1976 on my 25th Birthday, and we have been eating there ever since. The restaurant helped us teach our kids not to be afraid of exotic food and years ago when I convinced Simpson to sell me takeout, it gave us a welcome alternative to Chinese food and pizza that we probably used over 100 times.

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          Bengal Tiger
          140 E Post Rd, White Plains, NY 10601

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          1. re: Bestjetsfan

            I was introduced to Indian food there, too, in the '70s, and my kids also grew up learning about Indian food at BT. In fact, my daughter is about to turn 17 and requested that we have dinner there tonight to celebrate. She will be sad (as we all are) when she learns about what happened.

          2. Yes, it is sad. I saw it on the news last night and it looked horrible. Though we have been getting our Indian food from Rani Mahal for a while, I still don't like to hear about businesses that were destroyed.

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            Rani Mahal
            327 Mamaroneck Ave # 320-322, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

            1. The loss of Bengal Tiger is a big one. Simson Kalathara flew the flag for fidelity of Indian cooking for more than 30 years, the restaurant was among the best suburban Indian eateries in the country, and the fire took out his valuable little Indian grocery store next door.

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              Bengal Tiger
              140 E Post Rd, White Plains, NY 10601

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              1. re: Bob Lape

                let's hope they re-open soon. It was my first Indian restaurant experience as well. 8th grade graduation. Super sad for a super place.

                1. re: cubanat

                  I WALKED BY THERE TODAY AND THEY ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CLEANING OUT THE DEBRIS AND LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL BE LEVELING THE BUILDING. I DOUBT IT IF THEY WILL REOPEN. I BELIEVE THEY HAD FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY.

              2. That's very sad. I know how long the place has been around.

                It's funny how the folks here say BT introduced them and their kids to Indian food in a positive way. I had my first Indian food there and hated it. I always liked spicy food, so that wasnt' an issue. I just felt like EVERYTHING in the restaurant was spiced the same way with the same aggressive spice. I swore that night I hated Indian food and never wanted to eat it again.

                Thank goodness years later I ate at other restaurants and discovered there was good Indian food out there.

                For those of you that were fans of the place, I'm sorry for your loss. Console youself with Rani Mahal. It's awesome!

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                Rani Mahal
                327 Mamaroneck Ave # 320-322, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

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                1. re: Avalondaughter

                  Uh, is this the place to go plugging the "awesome" Rani Mahal?

                  Don't think so.

                  This is a very sad occasion -- two restaurants lost to a fire. Jobs and businesses gone. A real shame.

                  Please plug other Indian restaurants in their own post threads, not here.

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                  Rani Mahal
                  327 Mamaroneck Ave # 320-322, Mamaroneck, NY 10543