With Delhi government allowing more curbs in the city, restaurateurs and bar owners feels it as a positive note for an already beleaguered industry. Though, the government allowed restaurants to open last week from 10 am in the morning till 8 PM, restaurateur were unavailable to do the handsome business because dinner and liquor that brings the major part of the business was shut.
“I opened only one outlet of mine out of 3 considering without liquor and limited serving hours, my other two places will see more losses than gains,” shared Kanishk Tuteja, Founder, 1 Oak , Nukkad and We Qutub who is now happy and relaxed as he will be able to open all three outlets and are allowed to serve the complete experience.
The Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government on Sunday announced that restaurants can now serve liquor, bars can open and also extended the operational hours by 10 PM.
“This move certainly will bring the difference to our industry and I am optimistic that this will strike again the cord between us and customers. However, customer safety is also our priority and we will make sure that we stick to all safety precautions. Our motive is to give complete experience to seated customers within capacity allowed,” he added.
With these relaxations, we will also see more restaurants opening up as the viability of opening a restaurant no longer remains a question mark. “It’s like a wow moment as last week business started coming in but only with food and limited hours, it was a very tough state,” pointed Saurabh Luthra, Founder Romeo Lane who believed that the complete experience of dining out is incomplete without drinks and with the working scenario in place, people mostly step out post 7 pm only. “With the serving hours and liquor serving permission in place, we are looking forward to good days ahead now,” he added.
The industry has welcomed this gesture by the government as it gives them a scope of better recovery and revenue and a whole time experience for customers as there was no liquor served earlier.
“We opened on Thursday and response has been better than expected! We are hoping things will get even better. Opening time being extended till 10 pm is a welcome move considering we were losing dinner service with the 8 pm restriction. Footfall seems to be promising in the coming days,” said Avantika Sinha Bahl, Owner at Mai Bao and Kampai.
Though, we have seen that many restaurants are still not in a mood to open because of all the financial losses they had in last wave, workforce crunch, and also fear of the next wave that may hit the country by October as per experts. But, meanwhile restaurants those are welcoming customers, are back in business feels that this might get them recover some part of the business.