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RIP Pub City: Staffers from F&B industry protest the demise

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On Monday, around 2,000 people from the food and beverages industry gathered to show their solidarity after another restaurant in city -Monkey Bar, shut down. The staff of different restaurants and bars, musicians and others had gathered for a silent congregation to mourn the ‘death’ of a restaurant.

Pravesh Pandey, owner of popular brewery Big Brewsky opines, “Two to three per cent of the population in the city are employees of the restaurant industry and the rate at which these restaurants are shutting down is scary and has left many stranded. This is especially bad news as a national brand like the Monkey Bar has shut shop. The government should really consider relaxing rules and make it easy to do business.”

Meghna Vakada, managing partner, Barley & Grapes Concept added, “Restaurants are shut down as they are unable to produce the numbers. Businesses are also affected as many places in the city do not have Public Entertainment Licence for playing live music. Many places in the city also do not have Occupancy Certificate (OC) which is required to get this license,” she says.

They did not cause any destruction of civic property or any traffic jams. My staff had come to me to seek permission to be a part of it. They were ready to spare some time on Monday for the cause­

Many say the laws need to be followed but they need to be more rational. Amit Roy, food and beverage consultant called the laws archaic and urges the policy makers to have them relooked.

“It is like we are moving backwards. Bengaluru is known as the music capital and pub city of the country and suddenly, these iconic places are being pushed out. The laws must be relooked at and redesigned. The laws should be rational and single window clearances can help make our paperwork easy for approvals. Other cities such as Delhi and Mumbai are doing it, why can’t we?” he asks.

Akshat Prasad, the owner of Vapour Pub and Brewery applauded the efforts of the staff to network and highlight their issues. “They did not cause any destruction of civic property or any traffic jams. My staff had come to me to seek permission to be a part of it. They were ready to spare some time on Monday for the cause. Many of my staff were concerned about their jobs and livelihood. When I had to shut Tippler, 70 people lost their jobs. The government does not seem to be bothered about unemployment. They are just listening to some rich and influential people,” he says.

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