Restaurants are now down to the waterline
- The next two quarters will be crucial for India’s troubled dining ecosystem. Who will emerge as survivors?
- The next few months will be a Darwinian battle for restaurants—those who can’t optimise costs are sure to sink. However, some are better prepared, having navigated 2020.
It is 8 PM on a Friday. At south Delhi’s Sidecar, a bar, this writer sips from the cocktail inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s love for the Daiquiri—a concoction of fig-infused rum, orange juice and kaffir lime liqueur. Sidecar is spread over two levels, has a library, lounge chairs, bar stools, small and large tables. Today, there are only 10 customers, spread across four tables. That’s unusual for a bar which was recently voted amongst the world’s top 100.