After nearly 12 years of business on 9th Street in Downtown Lynchburg, popular Indian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant Hot & Cold Café has found a new home on Main Street. Upon learning that their restaurant would need to be relocated due to plans to build apartments inside the Krise Building, owners Uday and Timby Mukherjee chose to see this ending as an exciting new beginning and reopened at their new location on December 3.
“We love our new space,” Timby Mukherjee says. “It has been a huge blessing. We love our historic location from 1893 with its brick walls and wooden floors. Our neighbors have been amazing! We love them so much and the location has been wonderful. All of our prior and new customers also love our new space.”
Uday Mukherjee has decades of experience in catering, cooking, and restaurant management, and his incorporation of Lebanese cuisine with Indian fare makes for a unique dining experience.
The name Hot & Cold Café is reflected in the restaurant’s lunch buffet in that the latter offers half hot items and half cold items. The buffet usually consists of three hot vegetarian dishes, one chicken dish, plain basmati rice, vegetable fried basmati rice, salad, and two additional cold dishes such as cucumber salad, black bean salad, or hummus. There is also fresh fruit and a dessert.
“Our lunch time is very busy,” Mukherjee notes. “Most people choose the buffet. Our business people love coming for lunch because they do not have to wait and can relax or conduct a working lunch with our complimentary Wi-Fi.”
In addition to the buffet, the restaurant boasts a large menu featuring homemade soups, salads, wraps, and vegetarian, chicken, and lamb Indian entrees. There are over 85 vegetarian options and over 35 vegan options on the menu.
With upcoming plans to incorporate new recipes and begin serving a new dessert, Hot & Cold Café is clearly thriving in its new space and embracing change. That said, however, high-quality food and stellar service will always be on the menu. “We strive for excellent quality of food and service,” Mukherjee says. “We enjoy our customers and making them feel at home.”
AT A GLANCE
1206 Main St, Lynchburg
Mon. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.