Bombay A-1, Grant Road : quick & polite!

For Irani men newly arrived in Bombay, the money was modest, starting out in another’s cafe. In 1980, Khodayad Dameri, who began working at Grant Road’s Bombay A-1 in 1928, clearing tables, earned 3 rupees per month.  A rich customer tipping with a ‘daboo’ – the old 2 paisa piece – was an occasion remembered as ‘lavish’.

Busybee (Behram Contractor) A-1: prices moderate, service quick and polite, though not fanciful. Mid-Day, May 14, 1980

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