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Central station in Chennai gets food court

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An array to pick fromOffering biryani, sweets, frankies and coffee, the new venture is part of an attempt to upgrade catering services at stations —Photo: K.V. Srinivasan
An array to pick fromOffering biryani, sweets, frankies and coffee, the new venture is part of an attempt to upgrade catering services at stations —Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Visitors and hungry passengers at Chennai Central station now have a range of choices to grab a bite from. ‘Food Central’ has just opened next to the Higginbothams book shop on the station’s premises.

Opened by Ratna Café, in partnership with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC), the food court houses Dindigul Thalappakatti Biryani, Ganga Sweets, Tibbs Frankie and Madras Coffee House.

“We have roped in brands that offer quick food passengers can get on the go,” said Rajendra Gupta, managing partner, Ratna Café.

While coffee will be available 24x7, the other outlets will close somewhere between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m., he said.

Pointing out that this was the 23rd ‘food plaza’ in the south zone, an IRCTC official said that this was part of their attempt to upgrade catering services at stations. Another IRCTC official said Tirumailai, Thiruvanmiyur, Velachery and Tambaram railway stations may also soon get similar food plazas.

“The initiative is in the final stages of approval,” the official added.

Talking about the newly-opened food court, he said there it had a price-controlled segment, where breakfast will be available for Rs. 30 and lunch for Rs. 50. “The billing too, will be done online,” the official said.

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