A few of decades ago, Peninsula Restaurant opened its first outlet in Sion. Situated close to the erstwhile Roopam Theatre, later converted into a multiplex, the restaurant was opened in a building that had the reputation of being jinxed — stores would open there and shut down within months. Peninsula, though, proved to be an exception and soon had two offshoots, Peninsula Next and Peninsula Central, situated close by. Now, thanks to the restaurant’s sustained popularity, a branch has been opened in the Peninsula Hotel in Saki Naka, Andheri.
Says Satish Shetty, managing director of both properties, “We never expected the Sion restaurant to be so popular. When we started our Andheri four star property, we started getting enquiries about when we would start a Peninsula restaurant. Finally, overwhelmed with requests, we’ve decided to open an outlet here.”
The Andheri outlet replaces Vividh Restaurant, which has now moved to a different floor in the hotel. The food menu at the new joint remains the same as the one in Sion. And to attract customers, the owners have kept the pricing 15 to 20 per cent lower than the Sion eatery. Says Satish, “Our main concern is the food quality; we want it to be no different from the Sion outlet. The prices are lower, but we may increase them after about six months.”
Some of the chefs at the Sion outlet have also been shifted to Andheri.