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.