Updated: Confirmed: the Indian restaurant Indish at 305 NW 21st is shutting down and re-branding itself as Temple Bar. The name is rather interesting, because Siam Society also has “Temple Bar”.
Temple Bar, was the westernmost gateway to the City of London, where the Strand takes over from Fleet Street on its direct march to Westminster.
Commissioned by King Charles II, it was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and has been written about on numerous occasions, noteably by Charles Dickens, who had been moved to write when criticising the abject poverty of late eighteenth century London, that in matters of crime and punishment, “putting to death was a recipe much in vogue,” and illustrated the horror caused by severed heads,” exposed on Temple Bar with an insensate brutality and ferocity.”
Well now I’m just confused.
It seems like British food is the next big thing. I’ll leave it at that.