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Bengaluru restaurants will be allowed to stay open till 1 am again on weekends


An excise notification was issued by on Wednesday (Aug 12), officially extending the working hours.

The NRAI has once again stood-up for the restaurant and foodservice industry. The Bengaluru chapter has convinced the city’s Excise Commissioner to issue a formal notification allowing restaurants, pubs and similar establishments to stay open till 01:00 hrs on Friday and Saturday.

This afternoon, three office bearers of NRAI’s Bengaluru chapter met the Excise Commissioner S.R. Umashankar, IAS. In the 30 minute meeting, Viraj Suwarna, Ananth Narayan & chapter president Ashish Kothare, put forth their compelling business case to bring back the extended hours.

A notification was issued on Wednesday (Aug 12) and the commissioner has assured the NRAI team that all weekends henceforth, starting from this Friday, will not be affected.

An emergency situation arose last Friday evening (Aug 7) when Bengaluru excise officials suddenly issued notices to the restaurants, bars etc., to close at 11:30 hrs., in contrast to the existing practice of closing at 01:00 hrs. on Friday & Saturday. With the evening session in full swing, outlets were compelled to ask guests to leave at 11:30 hrs. Saturday’s business hours too were curtailed by 90 minutes, closing at 11:30 hrs.

Owners were told that the clampdown was because there was no official order from the government extending the business hours till 01:00 hrs. Working hours from Sunday to Thursday are till 11:30 hrs.

Ashish Kothare

Ashish Kothare

“The commissioner was very responsive to our representation and and assured us of getting this administrative issue settled. We shall make a representation to our honorable Home Minister K.J. George soon, who is a good supporter of our industry. We fee the Siddiaramiah-led Congress government in Karnataka has been considerate regarding the increase of timing. It was only when they came to power that we have seen positive change,” said Kothare.

For further details & support on this issue, please contact the NRAI office.


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