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.
Against this backdrop, one might assume that things are equally grim for other entities in the food chain.