Even though restaurants and hotels have not joined the protest against the local body tax (LBT), soon eateries in the city may be forced to shut shop as most of them have exhausted their stocked provisions.
“Last week, we had stocked up food items. But, they are almost over now. Most of the hotels in other areas have pulled their shutters down because of unavailability of perishable goods,” said a hotel owner in Kalbadevi.
Hotel business in the city may be affected due to the ongoing strike called by traders and retailers.
“Most hotels are running short of vegetables and grains due to the protest. It will be difficult for a restaurant to remain open if the strike continues,” said Shashikant Shetty, general secretary, Association of Hotels and Restaurants.
Hotel owners are claiming that they will lose a lot of money if the strike does not end soon.
“Till now, we were using stored material to run the business. But, since it is completely dried up, we may have to shut shop soon,” said Naresh Shetty, owner, Golden Chain Restaurant and Bar, Lalbaug.
Consumers also have been complaining of delayed services and unavailability of dishes.
“Most of the dishes on the menu are not available as the owners have been complaining about shortage of vegetables. Consumers are the most affected group due to the strike,” said Sneha Pai, a Prabhadevi resident.
The Federation of Association of Maharashtra (FAM) is setting up essential commodities distribution centres at various places on humanitarian grounds.