There is currently a fight between residents of Sydney, Australia and a local city council over allowing an iconic Indian restaurant to stay open until 3am. The restaurant, which is called Indian Home Diner, has been around for nearly a decade and has become a favorite among late night hangouts to clubs and bars. Conveniently located on a street in Sydney, most people stop by the restaurant on their way home from a good night of drinking.
About a month ago, the local city council rejected landlord Robert Chowdury’s offer to officially extend his dinner hours to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays because his license had expired. According to Sydney Morning Herald, the council confirmed that in March 2020 Chowdury was allowed to keep its restaurant open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays for a period of 12 months, but had to implement crowd control due to COVID- 19. After the stipulated period, he continued to keep his restaurant open and requested a permanent extension of working hours, but was denied.
the Sydney Morning Herald The report says several MPs quickly took up the issue to try to save the restaurant with MP Dave Sharma saying, “This is a tragedy. I will fight to restore the IHD (Indian Home Diner) hours.
A popular Instagram page called bondi_lines has also taken up the cause by posting a post with a photo that says “Save Indian Home Diner”. An excerpt from the post reads: “Indian Home Diner (IHD) holds a very special place in all of our hearts. Its artisanal Indian cuisine made with love that you can taste makes it the first night food center in the world. Although most famous for its #5 Garlic Cheese Naan with Alloo Chop, it’s more than just a restaurant, it’s a community.” The page even launched a go finance me campaign to try to save the restaurant and encouraged its followers to donate.
Owner Robert Chowdury filed a petition with the district attorney’s office challenging the council’s decision.