Cauvery Issue: Eateries Lose Crores of Business in Festival Season

The curfew was imposed at a time when Bengaluru is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, Eid and Onam.

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Charred remains of the vehicles in Bengaluru on Tuesday, a day after they were torched by pro-Kannada activists during violent protests over Cauvery water dispute. (Photo: PTI)

Apart from destruction of property during the agitation in Bengaluru on Monday, several restaurant chains across the city have also faced losses as they had to shut down owing to the violence that broke out.

The Cauvery issue sprang up at a time when Bengaluru is celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, Bakrid and Onam — a season many business outlets thrive on.

Several restaurants that serve Kerala cuisine that usually see many customers during the period of Onam festivities, claim that the crowd has thinned down considerably since 10 September.

Total Mall closed during curfew on Tuesday. (Photo: The News Minute)
Total Mall closed during curfew on Tuesday. (Photo: The News Minute)
Onam started on 9 September. As we were closed till evening, we lost out on business. On Saturday and Sunday, we saw a fairly good turnover. People even made bookings for Monday. Many of those preparations were not picked up. One lady, who had asked for 20 Sadhya parcels, even asked us to give it to some orphanage as she was afraid to come out.
Jose, owner of Kumarakom restaurant

Jose said that for every day that the restaurant does not operate, they incur a loss of over Rs 6 lakh.

We have only one restaurant in Bengaluru. The seven branches that we have in Chennai are functioning perfectly well. On a normal day we serve at least 1,000 meals. On 9 September and on Monday we hardly received 10 percent of the expected number.
The recent stills from Bengaluru. (Photo: Parul Agarwal/<b>The Quint</b>)
The recent stills from Bengaluru. (Photo: Parul Agarwal/The Quint)

While Kerala restaurants have their own worries about getting customers during the season, Adyar Ananda Bhavan franchisees in Bengaluru are even scared to open the shutters after Monday’s episode.

Mohan, general manager of the Adyar Ananda Bhavan, said that the restaurants were kept closed for three days in less than a week.

We were closed on 9 September. We haven’t opened the shutters after the attack on Tamil-owned establishments on Monday. We would incur a turnover loss of over Rs 60 lakh each day. So we will be losing close to Rs 1.8 crore overall. Apart from that, our stores near Satellite bus stand and on Airport Road were also vandalised. We have lost over Rs 20 lakh worth of property because of the violence.
Violent protests broke out in Bengaluru on Monday. (Photo: The News Minute)
Violent protests broke out in Bengaluru on Monday. (Photo: The News Minute)

Mohammed, manager of Hotel Fanoos, a famous fast food joint in the city, pegs the restaurant’s losses at Rs 30,000 per day.

We were closed on Bandh day. We were forced to close on Monday and we are closed on Bakrid. Since ours is a smaller food outlet compared to others, each day’s business counts.

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