It’s the end of a wonderful era for one beloved Kensington East Indian restaurant. Maurya shuttered at the end of July after a 22 year run, and now we are learning the restaurant space will be turned into a Tim Hortons.
Maurya’s owners published a farewell notice on their Facebook page:
After 22 years, we are sad to say we have closed our doors, permanently!
Thank you all for your support over the years. Our Dad, Manu Kumar, started Maurya in hopes of serving Indian food of the highest quality to be enjoyed in an elegant ambiance that reflected the grand time period of the Mauryan Dynasty. We hope to be remembered this way. We have built many lasting relationships with our customers and will miss you dearly.
The Kumar family
The restaurant, located at 1204 Kensington Road NW, was known for its affordable prices, tasty butter chicken, plentiful vegetarian options, and excellent naan bread.
Instead of getting excited about another small biz taking its place, it turns out what’s going in is a pretty big Canadian coffee chain. A rep from the Kensington business revitalization zone told CBC that the location will open as a Tim Hortons in December.
Currently the nearest Tim Hortons to the Maurya address is 650 metres away at 410 10 Street NW, although that particular outpost of the coffee and donuts chain is set up inside the Safeway.