Is it adieu, Khan Chacha?

Published: October 12, 2009 - 18:32 Updated: October 14, 2009 - 15:21

<p>The popular kebab and rolls joint at Delhi's Khan Market has downed shutters leaving foodies dejected<br />Sumiran Preet Kaur Delhi Hardnews</p>
<p><br />Even as you read this, the famous Khan Chacha's kebab joint at Delhi's Khan Market is downing shutters. </p>
<p>Salim brothers,&nbsp;makers of famous kabab at the outlet, are being evicted from their rented premises located at the posh market's middle lane. After serving delicious kebabs and rolls for three years, they are packing up their stuff and leaving. </p>
<p>Over the years, Banda Hasan had acquired a fame serving mouthwatering kebabs fresh out of the oven along with his two sons. Till Thursday, foodies flocked to this joint to dig into their favourite kebabs tossed in spicy coriander sauce, and rolled in soft<em> rumali</em> rotis dished out with onion rings. Like every Friday, the shop was closed the whole day. But it never opened again. </p>
<p>"We got a call from the landlord on Friday and he asked us to evict the place," said Mohammad Salim, Hasan's son. "The owner now says that he has registered the name - Khan Chacha Kebabs - in his own name and wants us to make it for him and call it his brand. We have refused to comply with his demands. We are vacating the place as of now and will now open at a new place, perhaps, Karol Bagh. We did not get even a month's notice. This time we will make a strong deal. We will take a proper contract and license. Inshallah! We will emerge stronger," said Salim. </p>
<p>Actually, the juicy kebab has got embroiled in a battle of "whose concept it was". Rajiv Goel, owner of the premises, however, claimed that the shop is not closing down but will reopen after Diwali following renovation. "We are changing the face of the eatery. It was just a problem between the staff and the owner. It is actually our brand and concept. I invested in the shop and asked them to make and sell kebabs. But unfortunately, they started treating it as their own concept. Anyway, since our sales are increasing, expectations have also risen. We will reopen the eatery with food prepared in hygienic conditions. The food will be conform to PFA guidelines. We already have an outlet at Satya Niketan, near Venkateswara College in south Delhi," said Goel.</p>
<p>This tiny eatery tucked away in the narrow lanes of Khan Market boasted of celebrity patrons. It was frequented by the likes of Union ministers, Farooq Abdullah and Sachin Pilot, J&amp;K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, and social activist, Nafisa Ali. </p>
<p>It gave stiff competition to big players like Subway and Big Chill with its offering of mutton seekh kebab, chicken tikka, paneer tikka and <em>rumali roti</em> rolls. Moreover, the prices were a steal - all items priced under Rs 100. </p>
<p>"We used to come here every week after our classes. We even came here with our family. It is sad that it would not be the same hands making the kebabs," said Pulkit Mishra, a Delhi University student. </p>

The popular kebab and rolls joint at Delhi’s Khan Market has downed shutters leaving foodies dejected
Sumiran Preet Kaur Delhi Hardnews

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