Gurgaon’s Sector 29 back in party mode, everyone rejoices
Gurgaon’s Sector 29 is back to being city’s party zone, after authorities allow restaurants to serve liquor. Party-goers and restaurant employees happy.gurgaon Updated: Apr 27, 2017 17:46 IST
The revelry is back in Gurgaon’s sector 29 after several bars and pubs were given approval to serve liquor earlier this week. The decision came after the distance of these restaurants was measured and found to be more than 500 meters from the National Highway, as necessitated by the Supreme Court ruling.
For some, the upbeat mood was about their hangout zone being back; for others, it meant they got to retain their jobs. Harangad Singh, executive chef, Prankster, says, “It has been almost a month that we had to stop serving liquor... We were awaiting remeasurement since. This had put our livelihood at stake. It was then about our survival. I was worried about my staff and their jobs. But now we are back with a bang. And everyone is joyous.”
Ashwini Chaudhary, owner of Adda by Striker and Walking Street, voices the same sentiments, “Around 150 people work with me. After the ruling came about, I had asked my staff to look for jobs because I had no money to pay their salaries.” Chaudhary adds that he has now told his staff to stay back.
The staff is equally excited. Navneet, who plays a DJ in one of the restaurants, says, “I’ve been working at this place for two years and didn’t want to leave. But, there were no jobs in this area, especially due to the uncertainty after the ruling. But now that we have the license, I am relieved.” Many employees at various pubs and bars have stayed with their employer without any salary.
After a clean-chit from the authorities, something that those in Cyber hub still await, restaurants are now offering discounts to woo back guests. “Prankster is planning to throw a campus party and serve complimentary drinks to all guests on some days. We want our customers to know that we are back. We are also considering other offers such as extended happy hours, discounts on bills, et cetera,” says Inderjit Banga, owner of Prankster, Sector-29.
“It will take some time to bring our guests back. So, we are offering discounts, planning activities, events, live gigs, and more. Some of these activities include special Sufi nights and street activities (magician in the house, tattoo artists, et al),” informs Chaudhary.
The party-goers are also rejoicing. “Sector-29 and Cyber hub are the two places where we chill. The ruling had dampened our spirits, but now we look forward to Fridays again,” says Surbhi Dua, a corporate trainer. Akshay Sharma, a Gurgaon-based blogger says, “It’s Tuesday night, but we are already making plans to party at our favourite hangout spot after 25 long days.” Adds Rohit Singh, an IT analyst, “After a hard day at work, you want to catch up with your buddies. I am glad we don’t have to scout for places anymore or go far for drinks.”