You’ve heard of clothes stores and restaurants housing spas, marble shops, florists and cafes within their premises. Now, Bandra’s popular restaurant Out Of The Blue will have professional theatre artistes perform plays for their diners in their new Powai outlet.
“They will be staged between 6 pm and 9 pm, once in two weeks. There is a separate elevated area for these acts. We’ll refrain from shows during peak hours because it’ll get too crowded,” says Ambar Mahajan, owner, Out Of The Blue.
He adds, “One of the first plays will probably star Koel Puri. It’s called Café Bel Cibo and has been written by my brother Rahat Mahajan. We will be open to independent artistes too, but this will not be positioned as a practice space.” Plans of charging the patrons a minimal fee for ‘supper theatre’ are still being formulated.
The owners are concentrating on turning the branch into a live performance joint, and stand-up comedy acts are on the list too. Ambar feels his restaurant will give corporate employees in Powai a place to look forward to after work. “Many people finish by 5.30 pm – 6 pm. That’s the worst time for restaurants usually. So we’ll have activities like supper buffets and wine offerings around that time to cater to them,” he says.
The second outlet will open on July 15.
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