British Indian gastropub to take over Beyu Caffe space in Durham

The owners of Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub are teaming up with an Indian food truck owner to open an English gastropub featuring British and south Asian cuisine in the current Beyu Caffe location in downtown Durham.

Rhys Botica and Malachy Noone, owners of Bull McCabe’s, are teaming up with B.J. Patel, owner of the Tan-Durm food truck and part owner of Kasturi Indian Cuisine in Greenville, N.C.

The new restaurant, which is as yet unnamed, will offer a wide range of English, European and local craft beers and a selection of single-malt scotch. Patel will serve up South Asian flavors with such dishes as curried Shepherd’s pie, chicken tikka masala and kabobs, as well as such pub classics as fish and chips and Scotch eggs.

“It’s basically a fusion of the truck and the pub,” Patel said in an interview Tuesday.

Beyu Caffe is moving to a large space, a few doors down, in May and the trio hope to transform the space at 335 W. Main St. within 10 weeks. Other than the ceiling, Patel said, it will be a complete transformation.

“We’re proud to be able to take over the location once they move a few doors down,” said Patel in a press release. “Dorian and everyone at Beyu have done such a great job making that location vibrant, and we plan to continue the tradition.”

If you want a preview of what the menu will be, head to Beer Durham from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 26 when Patel will be serving Epic Brewing Co.-inspired samosas for free. (The flavors will be beef, shepherd’s pie and vegetarian.)

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