German Bakery back in business, silently

SaturdayWith 16 CCTV cameras, eight security guards and metal detector to guard the entrance, the new-look German Bakery reopens on Saturday.

Eatery damaged in 2010 Feb blast reopens without announcement or fanfare under new owner, sports a new logo.

5 pm. One of the most talked about food corners in upmarket Koregaon Park is abuzz with customers. There are foreigners, college students and Osho followers among those occupying the tables. Some guests wait for their turn.

Hard to believe, they are enjoying food at the famous German Bakery damaged in the blast on February 13, 2010.

The eatery silently started functioning under a new owner, with a new logo. There was no publicity, formal announcement or fanfare, a far cry from numerous occasions when its impending reopening was announced only to be followed by disappointment.

It started functioning at 12.11 pm on Saturday, considered auspicious by the new owners. They have taken the famous joint on lease from the original owners, the Kharoses, and promised it has reopened "for real" this time.

Amid the makeover and the reopening there was no mention, no souvenir or memory to mark the blast itself.

There had been an attempt at making a connection earlier when the owners had tried to reopen it on February 13 this year, but had to postpone it after Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) asked them to submit a structural audit report.

"We have submitted the report and are now formally open," Vijay Shewale, the new owner told The Sunday Express. What took the eatery three years to reopen is something the new management would prefer not to talk too much about.

Internal matters, police investigations and delayed delivery of two imported ovens — which will add new taste to about 40-odd items to be added to the old menu — are what they say caused the delay.

"We entered a 25-year lease with the Kharoses. The delay has been due to internal matters of the original owners. Everything is settled now and we are back to serve people," said Shewale, an NCP activist and owner of eateries such as Shreeman and Eddy's Kitchen.

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