A New Delhi based hospitality company Hands Hospitality recently opened a restaurant dubbed ‘Hawai Adda’ in Ludhiana. The name means airport in Hindi.
But this is not just any other restaurant. Hawai Adda has been making headlines ever since its launch.
Airbus 320, which was once Air India’s prime jet, is now the building of Ludhiana’s chic restaurant.
Believe it or not, this restaurant is actually made out of a junk Airbus 320. Other than the furniture, all original elements of the aircraft have been retained.
Parampreet Singh Luthra, director of Hands Hospitality and the mastermind behind the project, told Mashable India, “We were inspired by the Maharaja Express [a luxurious food and travel experience inside a train in New Delhi] and wanted to create something similar inside a plane.”
Talking about the challenges they faced before bringing the brilliant idea to life Luthra added, “We wanted to retain most of the original bits of the aircraft including its 1 million wires. So, we had to hire experienced engineers and airline support staff who knew the drill.”
As per Mashable, the restaurant had reportedly run into trouble in late 2015 for infringement of fire safety norms according to the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.
There was a report which claimed that the aircraft’s wings were touching the edges of the Ludhiana-Ferozepur national highway which lead to a potential traffic hazard and delayed the proceedings.
The 72-seater casual dining restaurant serves pure vegetarian food, which houses a cafe, a bakery and a kitty hall with a capacity of up to 40 people.
The multi cuisine restaurant which serves North Indian, Chinese and Continental food is a fairly reasonable restaurant that will cost around 1500 bucks for two people as per Zomato.
Although it is an out-of-the-box concept and has gathered a fairly good amount of publicity, will the purely vegetarian restaurant meet its desired goals in the long run in a city where most of the population prefers Tandoori Chicken with a glass of Patiala peg?