Pinarayi Vijayan, State secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), inaugurated an Indian Coffee House outlet here on Thursday.

The Kannur-based Indian Coffee Workers’ Cooperative Society, one of the successful and role-model food chains in the cooperative sector, runs the Indian Coffee House outlets, which promise quality food at reasonable rates.

Addressing the programme, Mr. Vijayan attributed their success to the collective efforts of the workers who contributed to the successful running of the restaurants even in times of adversity, coupled with a steep increase in prices of essential goods.

He said the cooperative venture, floated by the party veteran A.K. Gopalan in 1957, had faced trying times in the past. But the obstacles were overcome through the collective efforts of the workers.

The new outlet in the Naya Bazar locality in the heart of the town has vegetarian and non-vegetarian sections and will function from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

E. Chandrasekharan, MLA, presided over the function.

P.V. Balakrishna, president of the society, unveiled a proposal to open up a hotel complex at an estimated cost of Rs. 60 crore on 40 cents of land at Mangattapuramba near Kannur.