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Zenzi Mills sold off

entertainment Updated: Oct 01, 2010 13:43 IST
Sharin Bhatti
Sharin Bhatti
Hindustan Times
Nightlife Mecca

Mumbai’s nightlife Mecca, Zenzi has gone under. Zenzi Mills in Mathuradas Mills compound has been sold off to a popular lounge bar. This comes soon after the Bandra bistro-pub, Zenzi, under constant pressure from irate residents, was razed to the ground. Though, reports say it will reopen soon.

Anil Kably, part owner of Zenzi, says, “I cannot comment on anything right now. We’ve signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so I’m not at liberty to disclose anything. But yes, there is movement in the management of Zenzi Mills.”

It is but clear that all is not well with the prime nightspot, which over the past two years has hosted many internationally acclaimed artistes. Things started to unravel, especially at Zenzi Mills some three months ago, when its resident DJs quit. In fact, the venue has not hosted any event in the past week, the last being on September 24, and there is no gig calendar in place either.

It’s rumoured that Bonobo, another popular lounge-bar in Bandra, might have bought over Zenzi Mills. Nevil Timbadia, owner of Bonobo, doesn’t deny or confirm: “Where did you hear that? We just re-opened in Bandra and we are focussing on developing the property here. I cannot say anything about the Mills as of now.”

With Zenzi Mills bowing out, Mumbai’s nightlife suffers another blow. Although the management is maintaining silence now, Kably says: “We will issue a press release soon when things are in place.”