Pune: Puneites who love to eat out are, literally, ‘eating out’! The city’s foodies prefer outdoor or rooftop restaurants and lounges over the air-conditioned (AC) indoor sections. Hoteliers and restaurants owners of hangout places that have both indoor and outdoor or rooftop seating, said almost 70 per cent of their customers opt to enjoy their meal or drink in the cool breeze.
Tushar Varde, owner of Hop-in, The Neighborhood Bar, in Kalyani Nagar, told Sakal Times that even though there is an indoor air-conditioned space, people prefer to sit outdoors. “There are fewer customers in the afternoon, but in the evening the open area gets full. More than 70 per cent of the customers opt for outdoor space,” Varde said.
Kunal Mhaske, owner of Raasta Cafe in Baner and Penthouze Cafe in Mundhwa, said, “From the last one month, almost 90 per cent of our customers are opting to sit in outdoor spaces. Mostly, people choose tables which are isolated from the other crowded tables so that they can enjoy the panoramic view of the city to the fullest.”
After sitting hours and hours in AC, the feeling of cool breeze makes me feels alive and connected with nature.”
— Joy Khurana (IT professional)
After the scorching heat, the temperature cools down in the evening, so my friends and I choose rooftop lounges or restaurants to enjoy the natural cool breeze.”
— Avni Sharma (Engineering student)
According to Navtej Sawhney, owner of 1 Lounge in Mundhwa, there is no drop in business contrary to expectations.
“Every year we experience drop in business during the summer season, but this year it has turned out to be the exact opposite,” he said, adding that his outdoor seating area is a big hit.
Meeta Makhecha, owner of The Flour Works restaurant located at Kalyani Nagar and Salunkhe Vihar, said, “Everyone enjoys the cool breeze and they find it soothing, enjoying and watching the nature around and this is the reason they prefer the outdoor sections to the indoor ones.”