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B'lore to lose its Kohinoor, foodies paradise for 57 years


Kohinoor Restaurant
Bangalore, Dec 15: Bangalore will literally lose its Kohinoor, a 57-year-old restaurant in the heart of the city. If media reports are to be believed, Kohinoor restaurant, popular for serving mouth-watering non-veg Kerala style food, will shut down its business on Dec 25. The eatery, located in busy Brigade Road, is the latest victim of astronomical rise in rental prices of commercial establishments in the central business district.

Tucked in a small corner of Brigade Road, where shoppers have to jostle for space, Kohinoor became a popular destination for food lovers for its delicious non-veg meals and affordable prices. Some of its most popular dishes are non-veg biryanis, bheja fry and sulaimani chai.

Bad days for Kohinoor started when the property owners wanted to increase the rent of the place. "The move was contested in the court by restaurant owner Mohiddin Kutti. The High Court, however, fixed the monthly rent at Rs 50,000 in April and directed the tenant to vacate the property within eight months," says a report of Bangalore Mirror newspaper.

When contacted, restaurant manager Hassan said, "With the nominal rates of food or drinks provided to the customers, such a huge rent is unaffordable. Moreover, an appeal to the Supreme Court is next to impossible too."

Once the eatery will be closed, all its employees will lose their jobs.

"I'm almost 60-years-old and it's hard for me look out for a new job now. The only option left is to get back to my village, but there's no work there either. There's nothing we can do about the situation," said Chandrababu, a waiter who has worked at the restaurant for 40 years.

A regular patron of the eatery, Veena K, said, "Its a sad news. It was a paradise for foodies in Bangalore. Me and my friends are going to miss Kohinoor."

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