Gourmet restaurants in Calcutta on Friday welcomed the easing of nighttime curfew standards between December 24 and January 1, but said they would ask the West Bengal government to extend the closing time by two hours. until 1 a.m. during the Christmas and New Years season.
The state government has announced that there will be no nighttime curfew during this time and that vehicle traffic is permitted between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. We thank the state government for this announcement which will definitely help restaurants. With the nighttime curfew in place, customers have to rush out for their dinners and we have to finish by 11pm, ”East India Hotel and Restaurant Association President Sudesh Poddar said. Occupation is back in the Durga Puja-Diwali season two months ago throughout the day, said Nitin Kothari, owner of the iconic Peter Cat and two other restaurants on Park Street.
“If the closing time is extended beyond 11:00 pm to 1:00 am or at least until 12:30 am, we hope the crowd can be better handled,” Kothari told PTI. He said the excise department would be asked to allow bars and restaurants to open until 1 a.m. during those nine days, which will help both customers and the industry.
“From our experience, we can say that people eat more in restaurants. The relaxing Christmas season, such as Durga puja and Diwali days, will help our guests not be weighed down with the worry of finishing dinner quickly and getting home before 11pm, ”said Debaditya Chaudhury, Manager General of Chowman, Restaurants Oudh 1590 and Chapter 2.
Chaudhury said he expects a lot of attendance.
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