A battle is currently underway between residents of Sydney, Australia and a local council to keep an iconic Indian restaurant open until 3am. Called Indian Home Diner, the restaurant has been around for nearly a decade and has become a favorite among those staying up late at night in clubs and bars. Perfectly located on a Sydney street, most people stop by the restaurant on their way home after a heavy night of drinking.
About a month ago, the local council rejected owner Robert Chowdury’s offer to officially extend his dinner hours to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday because his permit had expired. According to the 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 was required to implement crowd control due to COVID-19. After the deadline, he continued to keep his restaurant open and requested a permanent extension of the working hours, but was rejected.
The Sydney Morning Herald According to the report, several MPs quickly picked up on the issue to try and save the restaurant, while MP Dave Sharma said: “This is a tragedy. I will fight to restore the IHD (Indian Home Diner) hours.”
A popular Instagram page called bondi_lines has also committed to publishing a post with a photo that reads “Save Indian Home Diner”. An excerpt from the post reads: “Indian Home Diner (IHD) holds a very special place in our hearts. Handmade Indian cuisine, made with love for you to taste, makes it the world’s foremost late night food hub. Although the most Known for its #5 Garlic Cheese Naan Kebab with Alloo Chop, it’s more than just a restaurant, it’s a community.” The page even started with a Go finance me campaign to try and save the restaurant, and has encouraged its followers to donate.
The owner, Robert Chowdury, has filed an application with the district attorney’s office to challenge the council’s ruling.