Putting blast behind, German Bakery reopens in Pune
Renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crore, the eatery was thrown open to customers on Saturday evening by a new management.
Pune: German Bakery, the Pune-based eatery that was ripped apart a powerful blast, has been reopend on Sunday after three years-three months of the incident. This comes a month after the Pune Sessions Court convicted and sentenced prime perpetrator Himayat Baig to death for his role in the blast on February 13, 2010.
The rebuilt bakery has at least 16 CCTV cameras and metal detectors to ensure tight security. Renovated at an estimated cost of Rs 1.5 crore, the eatery was thrown open to customers on Saturday evening by a new management, whose earlier plan to reopen it on February 13 was deferred due to a technical issue as Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) insisted on submission of a structural audit report.
"We have now submitted the structural audit report and got the nod to restart the eatery. All signs of the damage caused by the explosion have been removed during the renovation process, as we do not want the patrons to remember
the unpleasant episode," said Vijay Shevale, who has taken over the management of the bakery on a 25-year lease from the Kharose family who owns the place.
Shevale said about 40 new food items have been added to the old menu that had made the eatery popular among young people and foreigners staying at the nearby Osho ashram.
The normal ambiance of the new look eatery is, however, laced with the hard reality of a security set-up.
(With Additional Information From PTI)