AN INDIAN STREET GRILL BY CHAI PANI
675 PONCE DE LEON AVE - ATLANTA, GA 30308 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Mon - Thurs 11am-9pm, 9:30pm Fri & Sat Sunday 11am-8pm
Botiwalla is the newest restaurant from Chai Pani and chef Meherwan Irani. Inspired by the tea and kabab houses (known as Irani cafes) of Meherwan's childhood, as well as the grills (sigris) that pop up on the streets of India late at night, serving grilled meats and flatbreads to hungry revelers. Botiwalla is a counter service restaurant and no reservations are required.
In 2009, Meherwan quit his day job in sales and along with his wife Molly opened their first restaurant – Chai Pani, an Indian street food joint in downtown Asheville. Whether it was a midlife crisis or a stroke of genius is debatable. In any case, with Botiwalla, the self-taught chef is now onto his fifth restaurant. With two James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef in the Southeast under his belt, he's finally confident this whole chef/restaurateur thing might be working out.
It started with a little Indian street food joint (chaat house) called Chai Pani in Asheville, NC. Since then we’ve opened two more spots in Asheville: MG Road Bar & Lounge, and an all-wood-smoked whole-hog barbecue restaurant called Buxton Hall Barbecue. In 2013 we opened a sister Chai Pani in downtown Decatur, located right down the street from Botiwalla on Ponce de Leon ave.
Botiwalla is Meherwan Irani’s homage to his life long love of kababs and Irani Cafes. In his hometown of Ahmednagar, India, his grandfather owned Sarosh Canteen, the first and only Irani Cafe in the town. It’s only fitting that the journey that began with Chai Pani finally leads him to Botiwalla.