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Good old K.C. Das on Church Street is turning swanky thanks to neighbourhood competition



This K.C. Das outlet is the only one in the country outside of Kolkata. — Photo: G.R.N. Somashekar

IF YOU visit K.C. Das some time for that melt-in-the-mouth rasmalai or its luchis by the month-end or thereabouts, you might not recognise it. This eatery, which is everybody's favourite hangout in a romantic corner of the city, is undergoing a second revamp, 12 years after the first in 1992.

The makeover comes in the wake of three other eateries offering North Indian and Bengali snacks coming up in the vicinity. The need to stand up to competition, in short — though this pioneering outlet's sweets remain unparalleled — and to offer more comfort to its customers.

Suresh, Administration Assistant, says the existing set-up with limited tables forces customers to wolf down the snacks in a hurry in order to make way for those waiting. (Usually there is another queue nearby, those waiting for parcels to take home.) After the makeover, K.C. Das will have an upper floor with five tables in addition to the five below, enabling 50 customers to eat a little more leisurely.

The eatery will be air-conditioned and have a new name board, attractive interiors, newly-designed chairs and tables, a spiral staircase leading on to the floor above, and a glass front that will allow diners watch the world outside go by. The bonus is the curious onlooker's glimpse of the interiors.

K.C. Das is also introducing new technology to maintain the high quality of its sweets. The showcase counter will have built-in cooler that permits increase or decrease in temperature. CCTVs are being installed to ensure that staff service is visible at every point and pre-empt any hitch in service.

That delicious aloo-luchi one saw being made in the corner will vanish from public view. Its cooking will relocated inside.

However, regulars need not be anxious about one vital change: prices. They will remain the same. In fact, points out Suresh, prices have not changed for four years.

The art gallery at the eatery, Srijanee, will be different in that it will offer more space to display art works by upcoming artists for the three-month period the gallery guarantees, sales or no sales. The proceeds arising out of the sales are forwarded to the artists, as has been the tradition.

PRASHANTH G.N.

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