The fight is on to save the hours of business at this iconic kebab shop after a neighbor complained about the noise and threatened to shut it down.
Simply put, you haven’t done Sydney well if you haven’t drunkenly stumbled past the high-end shops in the Paddington section of Oxford Street and the Indian Home Diner.
Founded by a Bengali-Australian, Robert Chowdry, its specialty is the revered Indian kebab. Soft but slightly chewy naan wraps around a flavorful chicken tikka. Vegetarian options are available, but both options come with a curry of the customer’s choice and finished with cheese, crunchy onion bhaji and/or aloo cutlet, it’s like an apple fritter spicy earth but better.
But this Sydney icon is under threat.
Two months ago, Mr Chowdury was denied a request from AD that would allow him to continue trading until 3am, forcing it to close at midnight.
If he breaks the rules, Mr. Chowdury faces a fine of $6,000 for each night the store is open after midnight.
Earlier, Mr Chowdury began receiving noise complaints from a nearby resident of Oxford St, which escalated with threats that the individual would ‘close (his) shop’.
It is not known whether the threat is related to the refusal of the AD request.
At the end of April, Woollahra Town Council told news.com.au that Indian Home Dinner had been granted an extension of trading until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights on a 12-month trial basis in March 2020 – but for many that’s not enough.
Especially since Mr Chowdury explained that not being able to operate before 3 a.m. would “cripple my restaurant”, and that he cannot afford to appeal on his own.
Enter UberEats, with support from Bondi Lines.
They will be hosting a “Rave 2 Save Indian Home Diner” event which will take place at the Unicorn Hotel on Saturday May 28, just up the road from the restaurant.
“We have answered the call of thousands of Sydneysiders and come to the aid of iconic Paddington restaurant @indianhomediner who recently had their trading hours reduced,” UberEats said on an Instagram post.
There’s plenty of Australian talent on the lineup, including DJ sets from Midnight of Cosmo, Raiders BagHugo Gruzman from Flight facilities and Lucia Lucia.
“This decision will cripple the local restaurant. Well, not on our watch! “.
Tickets are on sale for $32.74, with 100% of proceeds going to fund the Indian Home Diner’s DA Appeal.
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