For the past two years, Bandra restaurant Café Goa Bistro and Bar has been a haven for patrons seeking alternative entertainment. As a venue for theme events, Café Goa has been hosting open mic nights every Monday of the week. As of March 30, Café Goa has shut shop.
Carl Sequeira, co-owner of the Bandra bistro, says, “We are in the process of finalising a new location. We are keen to reopen next month.”
During last year’s Bandra crackdown, when the agitated Bandra Resident’s Association had caused many Bandra pubs to close down citing inconvenience, Café Goa too had received many complaints. The residents from the Agnelo Building, where Café Goa was previously located, had objected to the noise from the restaurant.
The biggest loss, however, would be a hit to alternative nightlife. Bombay Elektrik Projekt, the event company that organises open mic nights there, is creating another live performance venue on the lines of Andheri’s B69 in Bandra, called The Hive. “We have been working on creating our own venue space. We’ll be holding our first event, poetry slam, here on April 4,” says Sudeip V Nair, co-director.
“Having your own performance venue gives you the advantage of curating events. Unlike restaurants, there is no last minute rescheduling owing to private parties,” adds Nair.