Indian street food purveyor Dosa Factory shuttered its Back Bay expansion (316 Newbury St., Boston) at some point in the last few months. “For lease” signs are now hanging in the shop windows, and an employee at Dosa Factory’s original Cambridge location (571 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square) confirms the Newbury Street closure, as does Yelp. The most recent Instagram photos tagged to that location date back to May 2018, as do the most recent Yelp reviews.
Dosa Factory, which first debuted in Cambridge nearly a decade ago before expanding to Boston in early 2015, slings dosas — which are similar to crepes — as well as other Indian staples like biryani and tandoori lamb.
And as for Dosa Factory’s apparently forthcoming Waltham location at 434 Moody St.: Well, there’s still no news. The shop was first announced way back in 2010 with a supposed opening date that summer. In 2016, Dosa Factory’s parent website posted that the location was “coming soon” — a message that remains online to this day on that website as well as Dosa Factory’s own. While a June 2017 Wicked Local article and September 2017 Google Maps image both display a completely finished storefront, painted bright orange and featuring the Dosa Factory logo prominently, a post in a Waltham Facebook group from just a few weeks ago, mid-August 2018, shows that the signage has disappeared.
The Moody Street building is owned by Gab Su Kim and Man Hoi Kim, who also own White Cleaners next door. Man Hoi Kim told Wicked Local in 2017 that One World Cuisine, which owns Dosa Factory, has paid rent on the property every month since signing the lease in 2010. Eight years later, though, and there are still no dosas at 434 Moody St. (There is, however, some Indian food nearby, including Little India Restaurant at 475 Moody St., serving North Indian cuisine, and Kabab & Tandoor, serving dosas and more, at 315 Moody St.).
Eater has reached out to Dosa Factory’s owner for information on the closure of Dosa Factory on Newbury Street and the eventual (?) opening of Dosa Factory on Moody Street; this post will be updated if more information becomes available.
Update, 1:50 p.m.: This article has been updated to reflect that the Waltham signage apparently came down a few weeks ago.