As the microbrewery and hotel owners in Chandigarh failed to get a stay order from the Punjab and Haryana High Court after the liquor ban, they have finally decided to shift their base from Sector 26 and 35 to a new location.
The owners have taken a decision to shift to Industrial Area, Phase I, of Chandigarh. The decision was taken after the High Court dismissed the petition which was filed by the hotel owners against the Chandigarh Administration.
Hotel And Microbrewery Owners Come Up With a Plan B
Chandigarh is at the second number when it comes to liquor consumption in India. Though the High Court has banned the sale of liquor within 500 meters of national and state highways but the hotel and microbrewery owners have found a solution to that.
The owner of Tao Cafe and Bar and also a member hotel and restaurant association of Sector 26 said that a meeting was held and the decision of shifting the liquor businesses was taken on Wednesday.
Eight hotels and microbreweries have decided to shift to Industrial Area, Phase I, in Chandigarh:
- Flyp @ MTV Cafe and Bar
- The Kingdom of Beer
- The Kabab Factory
He said that they don’t want the customer base to be affected and also wants to set up a food hub, night clubs the way it was on Madhya Marg. He’s expecting other hotels from Sector 35 on the national highway would join.
Industrial Area Chandigarh To Be “The Happening Place” Now
The hotel owners are looking for a space to shift their businesses to Industrial Area Chandigarh. The owner of Tao Cafe and Bar said that they have identified 2-3 buildings near Elante mall. The problem with those buildings is that they don’t have enough space. He said that they have thought about shifting to Centra Mall also but they also don’t have much space to set up their businesses.
He further added that they will be shifting to another mall. As per the hotel owners, the additional expenditure to set up a microbrewery will cost Rs. 10 lakh. They can only take along the furniture, they won’t be able to take the fancy things which were fixed.
The hotel owners also met Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament. As per the sources, the officials said they are unable to do anything as the liquor ban matter was filed in the court.
Bars And Cafes Shut Down Without Being Inaugurated
Some of the cafes and bars like Kingdom of Beer and Flyp @ MTV Cafe and Bar were all set to be inaugurated during the first week of April in Sector 26 Chandigarh but due to the liquor ban, they were all shut down.
The owners said that everything was planned and they had made a huge investment of Rs. 4-7 crore per cafe.
The Brew Estate was the first one to shift from Madhya Marg to Elante Mall while other hotel owners were waiting for a stay order from the court. The staff was also sent on a 15 day leave.
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