How restaurants in Visakhapatnam are gearing up to screen IPL matches amidst the pandemic


As the followers prepare to cheer for his or her favorite groups, restaurants and inns throughout Visakhapatnam are set to host screenings of the recreation, however with all the precautionary measures in place

Indian cricket followers have by no means been so quiet, particularly throughout summers – the season for Indian Premier League, which had to be postponed this yr due to the pandemic. But it’s now time to cheer on your favorite staff once more as IPL begins in Dubai on September 19. While the followers are all set to see high gamers of the recreation in motion, restaurants and inns throughout Visakhapatnam are gearing up to host screenings of the recreation.

“IPL is a busy season for hotels and restaurants as there is almost 30 to 40 % increase in the footfall throughout the week. Apart from independent restaurants, four luxury hotels in the city screen the matches in their bars every year. However, this time , due to the pandemic, it will be a different experience. No alcohol will be served as the government is yet to permit the reopening of bars. So, luxury hotels are contemplating screening of the games. Several cafe and restaurant owners are looking up to the cricket season to make up for the heavy losses incurred during the pandemic,” says Pavan Karthik, vp of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Andhra Pradesh.

For the previous one week, the employees at Express Owl Cafe in Daspalla Hills has been busy revamping their menu. The cafe initially supplied restricted dishes on reopening after the lockdown. However, anticipating elevated footfalls they are now providing Continental, Chinese and Indian delicacies.

“After the reopening of the cafe, we kept the menu limited to a few burgers and pasta but now we are planning to launch a reworked menu that will have biryanis, pizzas, noodles and varieties of starters,” says Akshay Saraf, proprietor of the cafe.

The cafe shall be screening IPL in its out of doors seating space. “Everyone will have to go through temperature checks before they enter the cafe. We have also placed sanitisers in various corners of the cafe. To ensure proper social distancing is maintained, we have reduced the number of tables bringing down the seating capacity from 70 people to 40 ,” he provides.

Cricket fanatics watching IPL match  
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If you need to wash off your weekday blues a beer and funky sea breeze as you watch the match, Vihar Restorts in Rushikonda is your house to be. A three way partnership with Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, Vihar is one in every of the few restaurants in the metropolis that has the allow to serve alcohol to the company. “We will be screening IPL matches from September 26 as we are setting up the outdoor seating area for people to enjoy the game. We are currently working with just 40% of our staff as most of them are stuck in their hometowns in Odisha, Jharkhand and Bihar due to unavailability of regular train service. Till we function will full team, we will be serving a condensed menu that serves a few dishes from Indian, Italian and Chinese cuisine,” says Seshagiri Mantri, proprietor of the restaurant.

The restaurant that has a seating capability of over 160 individuals is at present serving solely 50 company at a time. “Every time a diner leaves that staff sanitises the table and the chairs. The interiors of the restaurant have been changed as each table is placed at least one and a half metres away from each other. The staff has been trained to take proper precautions and sanitise their hands regularly. They also wears masks, gloves and head gears all the time,” he provides.

Similar protocols have been applied by Sam’s Griddle. “Every year during the IPL season we see a 50% increase in our business, out of which 30% is due to online orders. This year, we are expecting a significant rise in online orders as people are wary to step out. However, we will also be screening the matches on the TVs inside the diner,” says Satya Sriram Valluri, proprietor of Sam’s Griddle.

Hotel Matris situated off VIP Road has made 4 personal eating rooms, the place clients in a bunch of 10 are given a desk in a separate room that’s sanitised and disinfected earlier than their arrival. The matches shall be screened on TVs positioned in these rooms.

Rajesh Chowdhary, proprietor of The Vizag Drive-In is trying up to the IPL season to make up for the losses they incurred throughout the lockdown. “Before the lockdown, we used to have around 500 customers every day which increased to 800 on weekends. But IPL season sees around 1,000 customers per day,” he says. The drive-in has a capability for over 40 vehicles and the matches shall be streamed on massive screens so that folks can get pleasure from the recreation from the consolation of their vehicles,” he says. Located in Lawson’s Bay, the place serves quite a lot of cuisines like Indian, Continental, Chinese and American.

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