Meherwan Irani

Meherwan Irani


About Meherwan Irani

In 2009, Irani quit his day job in sales to open his first restaurant– Chai Pani, a unique Indian street food joint in downtown Asheville. Whether it was a midlife crisis or a stroke of genius is debatable. In any case, the self-taught chef has now opened his fifth place, with more on the way. With two James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef in the Southeast under his belt, he's finally confident this might be working out. His restaurants have been written up in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, GQ, Food & Wine, Men's Health, USA Today, and Bon Appétit, among others. Not bad for a former salesman. He accredits his business success to the amazing people he works with each day, including his business partner and wife, Molly.

Where I Go Out

At My Venues

Green Mango Chaat
$$, Indian, Downtown
"When visiting family in the ATL for a bat mitzvah, the lady and I like to come down from all those kosher vittles and manaschevitz and get down on some serious Indian. Chai pani delivers, with a awesome green mango chaat, that just crushes."
Buxton Bomber
$$, Modern, Full Bar, Bbq,
"The Buxton Bomber is back just in time for spring training. Foot long cheesy stuffed hot dog + Bourbon barrel pit smoked - topped with BBQ hash, mustard q, white onion - served on a buxton bakery roll. Available most lunches until the summer comes around. #pasturedraised #footlong #pitsmoked #hotdogs"
At my venues