From the month of June to now in Unlock 4.0, reopening businesses hasn’t been an easy task for restaurant owners and shutting down some outlets became imperative for them to cope with the losses. While there were some restaurants that had to shut shop at major locations like Khan Market and Connaught Place during the lockdown, more outlets across NCR are winding up business even now. The latest ones that had to succumb to high rentals and high operational costs in these COVID times are Odeon Social (in Connaught Place), Smoke House Deli (Connaught Place) and several outlets in SDA Market, including The Beer Cafe.
Confirming the news of shutting down of Social Odeon and Smoke House Deli in CP, Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD – Impresario Handmade Restaurants (owner of both outlets), says, “We have decided to shut down both places as we were unable to reach terms of agreement with the landlords. We negotiated the terms for some time, but nothing could work out, so we have no option but to shut down the two popular outlets. It is very sad for us as well as our guests, but going forward, when we are trying to revive our businesses, we will have to decide what outlets we can still manage to run and what we will have to part with. These have been difficult times and we have to take some tough decisions. We have already started to vacate the premises at both locations in CP.”
SDA Market, another popular location for its bars and coffee shops, is in news as many outlets have to shut down there. Rahul Singh, owner of The Beer Café, decided to shut down his outlet at SDA Market as he says it would have been tough to run it with high rentals. “No doubt, it’s a very good and promising location and was visited by a lot of youngsters. But it was impossible to continue to run it without the cooperation of landlords. This has been happening at major locations across NCR. It is not just our outlet, but around nine other outlets have been forced to shut operations there,” says Rahul.