Mumbai: The majestic Queen's Necklace - Marine Drive- in the southern tip of the megapolis is all set to host a mobile restaurant where visitors can dine atop an open-air bus. In a first of its kind initiative in Mumbai, a private company on Thursday launched a 'moving restaurant' which will let customers enjoy their meals as they drive down Marine Drive, the four-km seaside stretch.
The service, launched by Chennai-based The Moving Cart, will include a 90-minute each ride along the Netaji Subash Chandra Road facing the Arabian Sea, three times a day. "We will offer 12-course vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals during the ride," Moving Cart co-founder Hardik Shah said, adding one such bus is already operational in Chennai.
Food will be pre-cooked and bought from a nearby hotel to be heated and served to the patrons due to which prior online booking has to be done, he added. The bus has a capacity to accommodate 20 people on each deck. While the top deck is an open-air facility, the lower deck is air-conditioned cabin.
The Marine Drive also houses the city's only revolving restaurant. Shah said each bus costs Rs 1 crore with all the modifications and the company has necessary permissions in place to operate.
However, it does not have the permissions to serve alcohol yet and will be applying for one soon, he said. An unlimited vegetarian meal will cost Rs 1,200, while a non-vegetarian one will be Rs 1,400 apiece.
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation will help the company market the idea. Inaugurating the service, MTDC Managing Director Jagdish Patil said such attractions are very important as they ultimately help increase the tourism potential of the city.