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It is a sad day in the history of Bengaluru: pub owners in Bengaluru

At pubs, the mood was bleak on Thursday with not much information being shared from the government’s side.

At pubs, the mood was bleak on Thursday with not much information being shared from the government’s side.   | Photo Credit: Sudhakara Jain

Pub owners, customers shed a silent tear, with establishments, near highways, having to close from tomorrow

Pub owners, who will have to close down on July 1, are still hoping for some intervention from the State government which will allow them to operate. However, the mood was bleak on Thursday with not much information being shared from the government’s side.

Most owners said that they had put off the decision to shift until next week when they hoped there would be more clarity on what action the government would take.

 

While closing down was mandatory, most hoped that the problem would be solved in a few days. “It is a sad day in the history of Bengaluru,” said Ashish Kothare, director of Le Rock, a popular pub on Brigade Road.

Yet others were reluctant to even consider shifting.

“Relocation is not an option for us as too much money has been invested in the property. We have not yet decided if we want to continue functioning without serving liquor,” an employee at Church Street Social.

For patrons however, the shutdown is finally hitting home. Many said that they still could not believe that their favourite haunts would not be able to serve alcohol from Saturday.

“I feel like it is something that will tide over soon. The area has been associated with pubs for the longest time and it is shocking to know that these places will be closed so suddenly,” said Piya Das, a regular at Pecos, an iconic pub on Brigade Road. “Our customers are distraught and some of them are in denial. We have suddenly been told that we have to shift or close down. I hope that better sense will prevail but if there is no progress on the matter, we have no choice but to stop doing business and consider shifting,” said Collin Timms, director of Pecos, while taking about his pub on Brigade Road.

(Inputs by Supriya Roy Aswathi Haridas and Shringi Diva Vikram)

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