Taj Mahal on campus sold, closed for renovation

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After nearly 30 years in business, Taj Mahal in the University District has closed.

Ajay Kumar, son of Taj Mahal’s late founder Jagdish L. Kumar, said the restaurant has been sold to relatives, who plan to reopen the restaurant in about a month.

“It was a family decision,” Ajay Kumar said. “We decided to move on.”

It will remain an Indian restaurant, specializing in North Indian cuisine, he said.

Taj Mahal got its start in 1984 at the corner of North High Street and Northwood Avenue.

It moved to its current location, 2321 N. High St., less than a decade ago.

One of the first Indian restaurants in Columbus, it started out with North Indian and Pakistani fare, the latter of which was eventually phased out.

Ajay Kumar said he and his sister, Uma Chaudhary, grew up in the business. Jagdish Kumar died seven years ago and the siblings have run the restaurant since his death.

Ajay Kumar was a chef, bartender, server and manager while his sister did office work.

The restaurant has sentimental value, he said, but “it was time to go.”

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