Cloud kitchens or restos, no non-veg on the menu today – Times of India

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NOIDA: Restaurants in Noida and Ghaziabad have decided not to serve liquor or non-vegetarian food on Monday, responding to an order from the state government. Liquor vends and meat shops in the two cities will also stay shut for the consecration ceremony in Ayodhya.
“Restaurants across the state have taken a unanimous decision to serve only vegetarian food on Monday.We must honour the government’s order. After all, it’s such a huge event that is being organised in Ayodhya,” said Varun Khera, who heads the National Restaurant Association of India in UP.
Vicky Saluja, who runs Baby Dragon in Sector 18, said they would switch off their non-vegetarian dishes on delivery platforms such as Swiggy and Zomato so that there were no online orders. “It will be a dry day across the state. Our restaurant will also serve only vegetarian food tomorrow. We will ensure there are no online orders for non-vegetarian food,” he told TOI.
Like restaurants, cloud kitchens – which depend on delivery platforms for their orders – will also not cook non-vegetarian dishes. “We will not accept any orders for non-vegetarian food on Monday. We can’t go to Ayodhya, but we can observe the rituals here itself,” said Puran Chand, a manager at Bamboo Shoots in Sector 4.
Aman, who runs a cloud kitchen in Ghaziabad, said, “Since the restaurant association has decided to serve only vegetarian dishes, we will abide by it. Not selling non-vegetarian cuisines for a day won’t make much of a difference.”
Meat shops across the two cities were closed on Sunday as well. “The government order didn’t ask us to stay shut on Sunday, but only on Monday. Since so many people are already celebrating the occasion, we thought it would be improper to sell meat amid all the revelry,” said Mohammad Ehsanullah, a meat shop owner in Ghaziabad.
There were some meat sellers who chose to stay shut since Saturday itself. “I opened my shop last on Friday. Since the government asked us to stay shut on Monday, I decided to enjoy a long weekend. Now, I am planning to open my shop on Wednesday since Tuesdays are usually lean,” said Mohammad Salaam of Noida Sector 25.
Last week, chief secretary Durga Shankar Mishra issued an order asking all district magistrates to ensure that liquor vends and meat shops were closed on Monday. Government offices will have a day off, the order said.

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