Local operators launching new restaurant at Rocketts

Lemon Cuisine

The owners of Lemon Cuisine of India in The Fan are readying their newest restaurant in a Rocketts Landing mixed-use development. (BizSense file photo)

Correction: Jazz Singh is the sole owner of the restaurants. An earlier version of this story incorrectly described one of her sons as a co-owner, as well as the location of the Broad Street Lemon restaurant as in the Fan District. It’s in the Museum District.

The family behind an established Indian restaurant in the Museum District is bringing some new flavor to Rocketts Landing.

Jazz Singh and her family, who operate Lemon Cuisine of India, are readying their newest restaurant — The Bombay Co. — in the sprawling mixed-use development straddling the border of Richmond and eastern Henrico County.

Bombay will join The Boathouse and Conch Republic as the third of Rocketts Landing’s resident restaurants, taking over 4821 Old Main St., a 3,000-square-foot space vacated in March by Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe.

Robert Jones and Colby Kay of Icon Commercial, which is based in Rocketts, represented the landlord in Bombay’s May 1 lease transaction.

The Bombay Co. will open in the space formerly occupied by Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe. (BizSense file photo)

Describing the concept as a marriage of Latin flavors and Indian spices, Jazz’s son, Paul Singh, who will manage the restaurant, said Bombay will serve a variety of tapas.

“It’s not going to just be an Indian restaurant,” Singh said. “We’re going to have a fusion of well-known Indian and Latin dishes that aren’t going to be just from Spain, but have origins from several Latin countries.”

Once completed, the restaurant will seat about 100 people in its main dining area, along with patio seating that will include a large couch area and several two-top tables to accommodate about 20 patrons.

Bombay hopes to open in August, Singh said, with plans for construction to be complete in July. The restaurant will hire up to 45 people.

New concept

While Bombay’s menu is under development by his brother Gurjeet, who serves as executive chef for the family’s restaurants, Singh said it will include dishes with beef and pork – a departure from their two Lemon restaurants. Vegan, seafood and vegetarian choices also will be featured on the menu, with several ingredients locally sourced, Singh said.

Bombay also will serve several local craft beers and wines, Singh said, as well as a variety of handcrafted cocktails.

“Several of the craft drinks will be paired with the tapas,” Singh said. “There will also be ‘Tapas Tuesday’ and ‘Wine Down Wednesday’ specials, where we will give 50 percent of the proceeds to a local charity.”

Jazz Singh designed Bombay’s interiors. Ashland-based Counter-Vation Inc. has been selected to build out the space and will construct the main bar.

So far, the family has invested about $150,000 into demolishing the interior, Singh said. Work has included ripping out old flooring, adding new lighting and redesigning the restrooms.

Landing at Rocketts

Bombay marks the Singh family’s third restaurant and second concept.

In addition to its flagship Lemon Cuisine of India restaurant at 3215 W. Broad St., the family opened a second Lemon restaurant about two years ago in the Dupont Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C.

The Bombay Co. concept has been in the works for about a year, Singh said, with the family searching all over metro Richmond for several months to find the right location.

That search included the Mechanicsville area of Hanover County, which recently has experienced a surge in Richmond-based restaurant operators adding either second locations or concepts, such as EAT Restaurant Partners’ Pizza & Beer of Richmond at the future Shoppes at Rutland Place, along with Charred, the latest concept by Social 52 owners Walied Sanie and James Baldwin.

“We looked at Carytown, too,” Singh said. “But the waterfront at Rocketts Landing is what really appealed to us. It’s also not too far from downtown … We think it’s going to be a great addition to Rocketts Landing.”

The Bombay Co. will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The restaurant also will serve brunch on Sundays, opening at 10:30 a.m. and closing at 10 p.m.

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