Most pub, lounges and restaurants welcomed the state government’s decision to consider having them open through the night in certain places. However, some were apprehensive of the plan actually taking off.
“I think it is great thing for the hospitality industry and also for the government. They are making the city happier, while both the government and the industry can earn money,” said Sameer Uttamsingh, brand head for Aurus in Juhu and Sanchos in Khar.
He added, “Operationally, we are all for it. The only thing is, the government itself should gear up for it. The implementation of licenses should happen fast and such eateries should be in one place so it is easier for people to look after them.”
Gaurav Sharma, manager at Bonobo in Bandra, agreed and said, “The 1am deadline was taking a toll on the city’s nightlife. This sort of proposal will create more employment, besides giving people the freedom to go out as per their convenience.”
However, not everyone seems pleased with the plan. “They have been talking about it for too long. It should not take off. Besides that, the government should also ensure that illegal roadside eateries are not allowed to open shops opposite restaurants, as otherwise we will not be able to conduct business,” said Sashikant Shetty, secretary, Association of Hotel and Restaurants (AHAR).