The owners of the restaurants in West Bengal have requested the state government to extend the closing hour by another hour during the festival of Durga Puja. Presently, all the restaurants in Bengal close at 10.30 p.m.
This request was made to the state chief secretary after the government has recently withdrawn the night curfew from 11 pm to 5 am in view of Durga Puja.
Nitin Kothari, the owner of the famous 'Peter Cat' and 'Mocambo' restaurants in downtown Park Street said, "We have urged the government to extend the closing time, which is now 10.30 pm, by an hour as many pandal hoppers will not be hitting the road in way they did in the pre-COVID years with the Calcutta High Court and administration declaring the pandals as no entry zones."
He said that the restaurants have been witnessing good response from the customers in the past few months and the extension of dining out hours during the festival season will be beneficial for both the restaurants and the customers.
Meanwhile, Shiladitya Chowdhury, owners of 'Oudh 1590' and 'Chowman' said, "We have requested the government if the deadline can be extended by some more time. We are yet to get any positive response."
However, he also added that if the 10:30 pm deadline continues then the restaurant outlets will continue food delivery till 2 am.