It is a tough time to be in the restaurant business.
For instance, take La Casa, a quaint restobar in a sleepy enclave in Bengaluru’s Jayanagar area. For over thirty years, La Casa survived the vicissitudes of the notoriously whimsical restaurant business. But it couldn’t survive three months of the Covid-19 pandemic and downed its shutters earlier this week. The story is the same across India; thousands of restaurants and bars have halted operations temporarily or shut down for good.