New Indian restaurant on Richmond Highway aiming for January open

Taj of India

The Taj of India is located at 6027 Richmond Highway, next to the Virginia Lodge motel.

Folks anticipating the opening of the new Taj of India restaurant on Richmond Highway will need to be patient.

Taj of India’s owner says the restaurant is shooting for opening day in early January, which is a few months later than he expected. Originally the restaurant was planned to be up and running by October, but delays in securing construction permits from Fairfax County have thrown the schedule off, owner Shahjahan Mia said Wednesday.

Mia voiced his displeasure with the county building review process in the course of a brief conversation, saying he had not encountered as many requirements when opening restaurants in Arlington and Washington D.C. Without going into specifics, Mia said that he’s been forced to spend much more money than anticipated to get the building ready.

I don’t know how far I can go,” Mia said Wednesday. “I’m really upset.”

County permit records online show that the restaurant still needs approval of its building review, electrical review, mechanical review and plumbing/gas review. All of the reviews failed on their first go-rounds in October.

The Taj of India is located at 6027 Richmond Highway (see map), across from the Montebello condominiums and the Cityside at Huntington apartments. It’s connected to the Virginia Lodge motel, and takes over a space left vacant since Euro Bistro closed in 2015. Prior to that it was a sushi restaurant. 

This will be the third location for Taj of India, with the first restaurant opening in Georgetown in 2002 and another later built in Arlington.

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