German Bakery to reopen next week

Feb 13, 2013, 07:48 IST | Krunal Gosavi

Bakery was ripped apart 3 years ago in terror attack. It was slated to open today but Deputy CM Ajit Pawar is likely to do the honours in a few days

The German Bakery, which was slated to open today, will be reopened only after a week. Frequented by scores of patrons, but mostly foreigners, many are waiting patiently for it to be thrown open once again after being closed for three years. According to German Bakery management, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar will formally reopen the establishment in the next few days.

All set for for a grand reopening Workers put the finishing touches on the upper floors of the new structure. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

The discussion about the reopening of the famous bakery has been going on since the last three years after a blast ripped through it on Valentine’s Day eve in 2010, killing 17 and injuring around 53. The new management and owners, who have converted the structure into a two-storyed building with a fine dining restaurant, have said that the delay is due to minor civil and interior work. Ajinkya Udane, son of Rajan Udane, the co-owner said, “Today, we will organise a soft launch of the ground floor, and the bakery will be officially inaugurated in the next week.”

Building suspense: The spanking new look of German Bakery which had a soft launch yesterday PIc/ Krunal Gosavi

Udane refused to share details of the menu, but said that proper care has been taken while choosing themes for the interiors and other details in such a way that nothing should remind its patrons of the terror incident.  He added that the ground floor would offer a range of bakery products, while the first floor will be a fine dining restaurant.  A member of the bakery management claimed that no stone has been left unturned while ensuring its patrons are safe and secure. 

“16 high quality CCTV cameras have been installed, and one door frame metal detector and two hand held metal detectors will be in place. Five security guards, including two women guards, will be ensuring safety of its patrons at all times.”  Management said that they would have a 60-strong support staff team, including kitchen staff, waiters and others. “The establishment will also have a secure Wi-Fi connection for our patrons,” Udane said.  

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