Mumbai: Britannia & Co's Boman Kohinoor passes away at 97
Mumbai’s iconic restaurateur Boman Kohinoor, the co-owner of Britannia & Co Restaurant, passed away on Wednesday evening at the city’s Parsee General Hospital.
The iconic eatery was opened in 1923 by Boman Kohinoor's father, Rashid Kohinoor. And, Boman worked there his whole life.
The Paris restaurateur was also known for his affection towards the British Royal family, he was undoubtedly their biggest fan from India and the decor inside the eatery is a testament of his love. There is a framed photograph of Queen Elizabeth II and a giant cardboard cut-out of a grinning Prince William and Kate Middleton. Kohinoor also used to write letters to Queen Elizabeth and once, he even received a reply from one of her representatives at Windsor Castle.
In 2016, he became the star of a social media campaign when he expressed his desire to meet Prince Williams and his wife Kate during their trip to India. The campaign #WillKateMeetMe got so popular that the Duchess of Cambridge Catherine Middleton and Prince William invited him over and met him during their stay in Mumbai.
His demise left many teary-eyed. "It is heartbreaking to report that the love of our life, Mr Boman Rashid Kohinoor, senior partner of Britannia & Co Restaurant, passed away at Parsee General Hospital," tweeted Mumbai-based blogger BombayWallah.
It is heartbreaking to report that the love of our life, Mr Boman Rashid Kohinoor, senior partner of Britannia & Co Restaurant, passed away at Parsee General Hospital at 4:45pm today. He was 97 years old & Bombay's most beloved inhabitant— Bombaywalla (@BombaywallaBlog) September 25, 2019
Photo by Hashim as Mr. Kohinoor would say pic.twitter.com/DEU77GAJUH
"Farewell, Boman Kohinoor, who gave us Britannia, the home of the berry pulao, sali boti, dhansak, and that magnificent rooster," wrote author Salil Tripathi.
Mumbai lost a diamond named Boman Kohinoor last evening. His legacy lives on through Britannia & Co and his 1000 watt smile. May the heavens enjoy unlimited berry pulao and stories of your memorable life, sir! #RestInPeace pic.twitter.com/uePz60Q7SX— SodaBottleOpenerWala (@SbowInd) September 26, 2019
Not a MasterChef, not a nouveau food blogger or influencer, yet he won hearts and legions of happy, customers through his endearing food & storied banter as he ran Ballard Estate's Britannia for 7+ decades.— Ashok Lalla (@ashoklalla) September 26, 2019
Boman Rashid Kohinoor, you've earned your rest at 97. RIP. pic.twitter.com/R4auW9ZZaB