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Business premises on Derby Road, near West Croydon Station.

It was vacant as of November 2016 and still vacant as of May 2017, though building work had been going on inside for a while; this situation remained unchanged as of May 2018, October 2018, January 2019, and May 2019.

As of May 2017 there was a notice in the window photo stating that an application had been made for a premises licence for late night refreshment and supply of alcohol, and in July 2017 a sign appeared stating that it would be opening soon as a restaurant called Niazi Food House photo.

It was previously an Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant called Depa Indiana photo, but this closed down by early October 2016. According to a member of staff at Niazi Food And Wine next door at number 3 (November 2016), it was likely to become a chicken and/or pizza shop, as the owners had had difficulties recruiting Indian/Bangladeshi chefs.

According to the Croydon Advertiser, this was the site of the first curry house to open in Croydon, in 1958. Historical phone books give some support for this, as a restaurant called The Curry House is listed here from the 1961 Outer London: Kent/Surrey edition to the 1984 Caterham & Reigate edition inclusive.

According to a photo on Flickr, it's been called Depa Indiana since at least c. 1985 (most easily visible at original size). However, it's had at least two different sets of people running it under this name. A change of management some time around 2011-2012 saw the food become halal and alcohol banned from the premises photo of sign in September 2012.

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