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Will Three Flights up 'reopen' again?

Plans afoot to build a 100-bedroom boutique hotel at Narang House.

india Updated: Feb 05, 2010 20:27 IST
Naomi Canton

Colaba's legendary nightclub, Three Flights Up, which closed down in 2000 and reopened last year after more than Rs one crore was spent renovating it, has shutdown again.

The closure follows the Central Cottage Industries Emporium moving out of the same building, Narang House, after losing a 22-year-long legal battle against their eviction. The Narang family, who own the building, want to build a 100-bedroom boutique hotel on the premises. They say they intend to reopen Tendulkar's and Three Flights Up inside it, which are owned by the family's Mars Hotels and Restaurants group.

The Gordon House Hotel, also owned by the business family, hosts the nightclub Polly Esther's. The plan is to create a similar business at Narang House. Manager of Three Flights Up, Joe Sequeira, says: "They are coming up with a 100-bedroomed boutique hotel on top of Narang House, but are yet to decide whether to reopen Three Flights Up now, or reopen it once the hotel is built. It's a heritage building, so they will need permission to pull it down"

According to Sequeira, Sanjay Narang, the president of Mars, had been overseas when Three Flights Up relaunched, and the city's only women's club Diva, opened next to it. "In January he walked in and told us to close both down. So we did," he says.

"The new set-up of both the clubs was not what he had expected. He didn't like the smoking zone and the fact that the gents toilets were downstairs. The project is now on hold because they won the case against the Emporium and they are still vacating." The Emporium still occupies the first floor of Narang House, while the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower has an office on the second.

Three Flights Up, which was being run by Narang's cousin Timmy, husband of Eisha Kopikkar, had been doing well and was packed for Christmas and New Year's Eve parties, the manager adds.

"We never had a launch party for Three Flights Up because it is a well known brand. We got the crowd we were hoping for and people were getting to know the place. It was spacious and Colaba needed a place like it," Sequeira say. But he says there are no plans to reopen Diva."I don't think Mr Narang liked Diva and it didn't really work."

The Club History
Three Flights Up, situated in Narang House in Colaba, opened in 1997 as a 3,000 square foot club and was one of the most happening spots in Mumbai in the late 90's.

Known for having the longest bar in a nightclub, it was frequently visited by Jackie Shroff, Bobby Deol and Fardeen Khan.

In 2000 it closed down and became Dosa Diner, a restaurant specialising in south Indian cuisine.

In 2003 it transformed into Tendulkar's, a restaurant serving Indian and continental cuisine.

Tendulakar's closed down in September 2009 and that spot reopened, at the beginning of December, as Three Flights Up and next door, Diva, the city's first women's only nightclub.

The infamous long bar was put back at Three Flights Up and DJ Ivan, the former resident DJ, was put in charge of the music again.