The Pandemic has affected the businesses at large scale. They are unable to cope up with financial losses and have permanently shut down. According to reports, one in four restaurants in India may never open again. Several restaurants in Mumbai has closed down. These include Mirchi and Mime, Indigo Deli , Shosha Navi Mumbai, Madeira and Mime and D:OH. In Delhi, the situation is almost same. Also, restaurants have filed bankruptcy due to losses.
1. Sidewok, Khan Market
Serving Pan-Asian cuisines since the last 16 years, Sidewok has shut down permanently. They were famous for their exotic soups, dimsums, sushi, lamb, pork and seafood variants. So, we are going to miss it and their aromas while passing across it.
2. Smokey’s BBQ and Grill, Khan Market
Another famous place of Khan Market, this was known for its offbeat cocktails like Burn Bourbon Burn, Lock Stock & A Smokin’ Barrel, Killer Berry and more. Also, this used to be one stop for people for sipping chilled cocktails which will no more be accessible.
3. Smoke House Deli, Khan Market
Famous for its English breakfasts, this restaurant had four outlets in Delhi. These were in Connaught Place, Vasant Kunj, Khan Market and DLF Avenue, Saket. This is no more open in Khan market now. So, the place was famous for its hazelnut pancakes, smoked salmon or Spanish omelettes.
Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD, Impresario Handmade Restaurants, said, “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent fallout, we have made the difficult decision to close Smoke House Deli’s outpost in Khan Market. While we have been in constant negotiations with our landlords there and have also spent time assessing the outpost’s overall financial viability, ultimately a difficult but necessary decision was made keeping in mind Khan Market’s expensive real estate and other issues.”
4. Cafe Turtle, Khan Market
A couple of months ago, Full Circle Bookshop and Cafe Turtle had opened up its outlet in Greater Kailash-1. Also, it made home delivery of books. Their first outlet had come up in Khan Market in the year 1998. So, this outlet running for so long has now shut its doors.
5. Pebble Street, Connaught Place
Situated in Connaught Place, the place was famous for its high class European decor. Also, people used to love their long island ice tea and roasted lamb leg. But, this place has closed its doors. Also, referring to the shutdown, Abhishek Ahuja, the restaurant director has said, “With high rents and the current restrictions on operations due to the Covid pandemic, it became unsustainable to run the establishment; besides, I did not see things improving in the next few months. We were left with no choice.”