A popular Mississauga restaurant has opened its doors four months after a bombing injured 15 people.
The owner of Bombay Bhel Mohan Nagpal says, “We would love to have our guests come back. I have always treated my guests like family.”
Friday was a soft opening, including Missisauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, local MPs and close family and friends.
Nagpal says he completed renovations to make the restaurant feel fresh, but he doesn’t forget what took place here on May 24.
“Still my heart goes out to the victims. I hope they are doing well,” says Nagpal.
When we asked the mayor what she would say to people who are feeling nervous about coming to the restaurant, she said: “Everything is under control. Peel Police are investigation the situation. I’m here. We have a full house here.”
Currently no arrests have been made in the May 24 bombing, despite an appeal to the public and release of video surveillance showing two suspects.
Two people walked into a restaurant around 10:30 pm and left a homemade bomb near the front entrance and then fled according to Peel Police. Investigators say there’s no indication this was a hate crime or related to terrorism.
Six of the victims have launched a civil suit against Bombay Bhel. The lawsuit claims the bombing was carried out by a rival faction in a “turf war” between business associates. It further says the owners of Bombay Bhel knew or should’ve known they would be a potential target.
Assistant Manager Sandeep Nagpal told CityNews Toronto that he runs a family-friendly restaurant and any talk of a turf war is simply a rumour. He further says he hopes people come back to the restaurant when it opens to the public sometime next week.