In Pictures: 13 iconic places in Mumbai that no longer exist
Donald House, a 112-year-old building on Colaba Causeway housing Canon Bar, Kamats Restaurant and the iconic Piccadilly restaurant, is standing on legs that threaten to give way at any time. The landlord of this building has warned all occupants to vacate. The iconic 70-year-old Piccadilly restaurant has downed its shutters since the monsoon.
Rhythm House: Referred to as Mumbai's temple of music, the music store at Kala Ghoda folded up operations as early in February 2016. The place was frequented by musical legends like AR Rahman, Rahul Sharma and Zakir Hussain. The online store, however, is likely to continue given the encouraging response it has received
Cafe Samovar: A court order led to the closure of one of the most favoured hangouts of city artists and art lovers earlier this year. Started by Usha Khanna in 1964, Cafe Samovar in Jehangir Art Gallery was an icon of Mumbai's cultural landscape and, for decades, served as a haven for the city's creative minds across the arts. Especially known for its pakoda platter and pudina chai, not to forget the yummy kheema paratha, its menu and competitive pricing also added to its popularity
New Empire: One of the few surviving Art Deco style single screen cinemas in the city, New Empire also shut shop in March 2014. The 1,000-seater theatre was made in the then-prevalent Art Deco style of architecture, and was one of Mumbai's oldest single-screen cinema halls. Regal opened in 1933, Metro in 1938, Liberty in 1949, while New Empire originally opened in 1908 as a live theatre where you could even watch plays. It was renovated later in the Art Deco style in 1937
The Wayside Inn: Another iconic Mumbai cafe, The Wayside Inn gave way to a Chinese restaurant in 2002. The place has great historical significance as it was here, at Table No. 4, that Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar sat down to put together large tracts of the Indian Constitution in 1948. Besides hosting the architect of the Constitution, Wayside Inn shaped the thoughts of modern India's finest socialist sons, ministers and lawyers like Madhu Dandavate, George Fernandes, Ashok Mehta etc. They savoured the ambience of antique wood cabinets, crisp red tablecloths, vintage crockery and sparkling cutlery
Center One: Navi Mumbai's first mall, Center One, downed shutters in March this year. Most shops in the mall had already closed down, before the mall itself shut down. The mall opened to the public in 2003, and while local residents have fond memories of the same, it could not stand the test of time
Strand theatre: It was one of the most prestigious South Mumbai theatres, and screened Hollywood masterpieces. 'McKenna's Gold' that was screened here is the longest running Hollywood English language movie in the town. It went well over 42 weeks without any break! The landmark theatre, which has been defunct for nearly two decades, has been bought over by Kwality head honcho Ravi Ghai
Rupam cinema: Another single screen that lost the battle of time. Cinemax Sion, a multiplex, stands where Rupam cinema once stood
Mani's Lunch Home: The iconic eatery at Matunga served its last meal on July 1 2016. Mani's as it is popularly called had to be shut down as the owner of the hotel refused to give two months extension till August end and the building is to be demolished by September. Famous for its Kerala type vegetarian food, this eatery in Matunga was famous for serving people with good vegetarian lunch and dinner at very affordable rates. (Rs.110/ for unlimited meals). During Onam, Kerala's harvest festival, they provided traditional dishes. It recently reopened in Chembur
Parle Factory: In the last few years, it is believed, the production output from the Parle wasn't significant, which forced owners to shut the manufacturing unit. The biggest biscuit manufacturer in the world, the production was halted at the Vile Parle factory earlier this year
Crown Bakery: Established in 1950s by Khodaram Golabi, it was later taken over by his grandson, Rohinton Khosravi and his elder brother. Back in the day, Crown functioned as a restaurant-cum-bakery. Generations have grown up eating its brun maska and kheema pav, and spending leisurely evenings sipping on Irani chai
Tea Centre: Churchgate cafe was once a refuge of the 'intellectual'. Round tables served chai and tasty samosas when guests tinkled a bell to flag a waiter. It was resurrected by adman and hospitality entrepreneur Prahlad Kakar in the late 1990s, but has been shut for months although staffers claim it's under renovation
Tambe Arogya Bhuvan: Dadar has had Tambe Arogya Bhuvan longer than India has had independence. It was one of the few remaining places in the city where one could tuck into a satiating meal of Zunka Bhakri and Piyush under Rs 100. The eatery is also the home of the famous Maharashtrian drink, piyush, which was, in fact, first invented in the Tambe kitchen. But like so many other landmarks in the city, it won't be long before this iconic vegetarian Tambe Arogya Bhuvan, Maharashtrian eatery is also lost to history.
Hawaiian Shack: If you've grown up in Mumbai, there's a good chance you've been to the Hawaiian Shack. The Bandra hangout was known for its retro tunes and footloose vibe. This March, it'd got a facelift. So, it came as a shock to learn that it had downed its shutters a couple of nights ago. Because the decision was a spontaneous one, the staff, too, was informed of the shuttering the very same day. The family, however, has no intention of leaving them high and dry. For now, the family plans on leasing out the property, a spacious three-storied structure, and taking a much-deserved vacation