It was at an underground club in San Francisco's industrial SOMA neighborhood that Anjan and Emily Mitra first laid eyes on each other. Anjan, an engineer from Bombay who'd come to San Francisco to work in tech as a product manager at Netscape, and Emily, a sharp business woman from upstate New York, immediately hit it off over their shared love for nightlife in the city. Dosa, their modern South Indian restaurant, evokes this nightlife feel as soon as you walk in the door.
Though Dosa was Emily and Anjan's first endeavor into the restaurant world, they opened a second location several years into the success of their original (on Valencia Street) and just celebrated ten years since opening their doors.
Emily had been planning a restaurant concept for a long time. It wasn't until a shared moment over a dosa (naturally) that Anjan and Emily decided the restaurant should reflect Anjan's heritage and the food of the country they both visited so frequently — especially because nothing quite like Dosa had existed in San Francisco before.
Listen to the episode to hear how Emily and Anjan brought Dosa to life and why they continue to thrive in the increasingly competitive restaurant world of San Francisco.