`Black Sunday` for Kolkata`s `dining street`
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 22:56
Kolkata: The usual Sunday revelry at Park Street, famous for its eating and drinking joints, was conspicuous by its absence this evening, five days after a devastating fire gutted a multi-storeyed building on this upscale central Kolkata road.

A deathly silence prevailed over the area as many of the regular party hoppers stayed away from the city's original 'dining street' on the first Sunday after the blaze that claimed 34 lives.

"We have registered at least 10-15 per cent less footfall as compared to last weekends. That comes to about 50-60 people less than the average crowd on a weekend in the bar and the restaurant," R D Pereira, one of the managers of Trincas, a legendary restaurant associated with the time of gas lamps in the city, told PTI.

To reflect the phoenix-type spirit of Park Street, Trincas had been open all through last week though many faithfuls were absent.

"I hope we can only move on from here. Last week was typically bad...one of the worst times, but with the faithfuls turning up in one and twos this Sunday, the occupancy is filling up and we are past the nightmare," he said.

However, for Nitin Kothari of Peter Cat, a famous eating joint housed in the ill-fated Stephen Court, it is a 'Black Sunday' for Park Street and many of its eateries.


First Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 22:56

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