Indian Accent’s London branch closes operations over lack of revenue due to reduced capacity and hence the inability to bear expenses during the pandemic. By Tanvi Jain
“IRL, the company which licensed the brand Indian Accent in London is deeply saddened to announce its permanent closure. This difficult decision was made as a last resort after carefully considering all the factors in play as a direct result of COVID-19. Social distancing would reduce the restaurant capacity to just 30 covers. This combined with the significant fixed costs as a result of operating on one of the most expensive streets in the world and the general economic uncertainty in the UK, means that the business is unviable at its current location,” the statement read.
However, it further clarified that the restaurant’s branch in New Delhi and New York City are getting ready to safely reopen in compliance with local guidelines and are not affected by this independent decision taken by the London company.
After already establishing at Lodhi Road, New Delhi and 123 West, 56th Street, New York City, the restaurant had opened its third chain in Mayfair, London, in 2017, with a menu comprising of exotic mouth-watering Indian dishes.
Indian Accent is not the only London based restaurant that has been compromised at the hands of COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, A-List restaurant Le Caprice in St James and Michelin-starred The Ledbury in Noting Hill were also shut due to their inability to carry on in the current scenario and cater to all the new demands thereof. However, reports suggest that while the former is likely to reopen in a new location post lockdown, the latter will remain closed forever as the one-metre social distancing rule can’t be implemented.
Meanwhile, some of London’s high-end restaurants, for example, Gymkhana, have started home delivery services and are even providing virtual tours to remain in business during tough times like these.