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Techies' lifestyle results in a spurt of drive-ins in Cyberabad

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | NAVEENA GHANATE
Published Dec 19, 2017, 2:34 am IST
Updated Dec 19, 2017, 2:59 am IST
Customers drive in while a staffer takes the order, directs it to concerned eatery and serves food in the vehicle. 
Techies flock to these places from Monday to Saturday. It is families’ turn on Sundays. (Photo: DC)
 Techies flock to these places from Monday to Saturday. It is families’ turn on Sundays. (Photo: DC)

HYDERABAD: With nightlife and midnight cravings becoming a ritual for techies, more and more drive-in restaurants have sprung up in the Cyberabad area. Their number skyrockets in and around Hitec City and Madhapur. 

Drive-ins offer multiple options under one roof without the need to alight from the vehicle. Customers drive in while a staffer takes the order, directs it to concerned eatery and serves food in the vehicle. 

 

There are drive-ins with sit-out areas. From Biryani to Pizza and Goli-soda to Milk shakes — the choices are aplenty.

Techies flock to these places from Monday to Saturday. It is families’ turn on Sundays. A few drive-ins close business only after 4 am.  

A techie, M. Santosh Reddy, said, “My shift ends at 12 midnight and I prefer to hang out at drive-ins before heading to my room. When there are cricket matches, drive-in is the place we prefer to watch it on the screen.” A few of them also have sport areas and benches to watch TV.

 

Aided by giant screens, drive-ins tend to play sporting events or movies or host DJ typically. 

Mr Gowtham Chowdhary, owner of The Street, a drive-in at Madhapur, said, “The rush hour begins only after 10 pm and lasts till 3 am. We tend to open all shops by 6 am. There are a lot of people doing night shifts and there is traffic constantly moving on weekdays. It is a mixed crowd.”

However, on Sundays the young crowd is less and the drive-ins close by 1.30 am. However, the place to accommodate so many cars at a time is a worrying factor. To tide over this, some drive-ins are offering the valet parking. “The valet parking is heavily utilised. We are able to manage orders even on the busiest days,” a waiter at Kings Drive-in said.

 

Despite parking issues, drive-ins continue to increase on yearly basis.  
Drive-ins are more like a recreational place and do not serve alcohol. So, there is no illegal activity. The crowd is niche, so consequently there are hardly any security concerns. 

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