The fracas at The Wine Company in which three customers were allegedly beaten up has led to the restaurant being severely criticised on social media with some even calling for its boycott. But old-timers and regulars at the restaurant prefer to give the management the benefit of the doubt.
Alok Wadhwa, who runs a Facebook group, alleged that they were asked to remove a post mentioning the attack from their page. “As many of you know, Gurgaon foodie group is not for profit and stands for free speech. We have never and will not come under any pressures. We can afford to do this because all the admins here are professionals who do not take a single penny from this group for our time and effort, or profit in any manner whatsoever from this group and so can be totally independent (sic),” he wrote.
A Facebook page calling for boycott of the restaurant has also been created. Suryansh Jalan, a friend of the victims, said he was overwhelmed by the response. “We will enure justice is done and that is why we created the page,” he said.
Facebook user Gurbir Sindu said, “We should boycott this restaurant and encourage every friend, relative and a contact not to visit this place ever...Let us share this and spread this as much as possible (sic).”
However, a small section of people also asked for restraint.
One user, who preferred anonymity, said, “Have visited this place umpteen number of times and have never had a bad experience! Don’t think it’s fair to form an opinion knowing only one side of the story. Rather this is an exaggeration of the situation. We should give the restaurant a chance to speak (sic).”
The spokesperson for The Wine Company said: “At the outset, we would like to state that we do not accept violence as a solution to any conflict. As front runners in the service industry, we did not wish to vilify guests at our restaurant and, hence, have refrained from commenting on the matter until now. We are fully cooperating with authorities and will take necessary action to ensure justice prevails.”