Soon after Bandra’s popular bar, Zenzi’s shutters were pulled down due to neighbourhood disturbance issues, a peculiar paranoia seems to have swept the city’s alleged coolest suburb. Elbo Room shuts its outside seating by 12.45 pm on random days, while Shilpa Shetty is reportedly encountering enormous trouble getting her Rajasthan Royal’s IPL bar, Royalty, opened in place of Poison.
The latest in line is Bandra’s terrace bar, Escobar, which has been suspiciously shut for over a week now. On enquiry, all officials refused to comment. But on the condition of anonymity, a source close to the owners, guarantees that the paranoia bug has bitten them too.
"They have shut down for a while as a precautionary measure because they don’t want to disturb their neighbours,” says the source, who also clears the air about the rumour that the elevator shutting down mid-way was one of the reasons behind their closure. “The electricity had gone off a couple of times and people in the elevator were stuck for a while. But that has nothing to do with the bar being shut.”
The building that houses Escobar also has One Above On Toes on the first floor. And the lane that turns into the entrance of this building is a no-entry route. According to the source, Escobar is making a conscious effort to reduce the level of noise, honking and parking problems, before the neighbourhood puts them under the scanner.
“They don’t want to take chances. The place gets crazy crowded on weekends and the problem is that customers were bringing their cars all the way to the entrance, which is in a no-entry lane. Unnecessary noise and havoc, which is hard to control when people are drunk, can cause problems. So they sent a mass email to all their followers on Facebook with a map informing them of a different back route, and reminding them to keep the volume in control,” says the source.
Though no one seems to know when the bar will get back to business, it may not be shut for very long. “As soon as they figure out a way to control the parking situation downstairs and reduce the noise, they should be good to go.” When asked whether he feels that Bandra has become a little too sensitive to these issues, he disagrees: “I think people should party till 1.15 am and drink responsibly, after which they can go have house parties, which is a better option.”