This Iconic Restaurant In Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty Closes Its Shutters After 50 Years

by Tania Tarafdar
This Iconic Restaurant In Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty Closes Its Shutters After 50 Years

Many popular restaurants have shut down in the past year due to the shock waves of the pandemic. And now, Girgaum Chowpatty’s iconic Crystal restaurant is facing closure for a different reason. MHADA has declared the building that housed the restaurant as dilapidated and dangerous and therefore, asked its tenants to vacate. The iconic restaurant that has been around since 1966 will have to shut shop.

The Building That Housed Crystal Restaurant Is Dilapidated

On the other hand, the tenants claim that the building is not dilapidated and that it could be repaired. A section of tenants moved the city civil court to seek a stay on the eviction notice. MHADA has listed building number 31C-33 on A R Rangnekar Marg in the C1 category as a sign that the structure is dilapidated beyond repair. Crystal is housed in building 33 along with other commercial units.

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Mumbai’s Iconic Karachi Bakery Also Shut Down

In another incident, Mumbai’s iconic Karachi Bakery is now shut months after Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena attacked the shop over its name. In a tweet earlier this week, the MNS sought to claim credit for the closedown of Karachi Bakery. Here’s what he wrote. COVID-19 Curbs Will Wipe Out 90% Restaurants In Maharashtra: 4 Ways The Government Can Help The Industry Recover.

A video from Karachi Bakery had gone viral where a Sena leader is seen asking the shop owner not to use the name Karachi. He further enunciates that he does not care about the owner’s religion, but they should not use the name Karachi in Mumbai. Nitin Nandgaonkar said ‘Karachi means you came from Pakistan. Your ancestors were from Karachi and you came here after the partition. You are welcome to do business here, but please do not use this name.’