New Delhi: The famous 'Tunday Kababi' on a normal day is at its busiest at 1pm, the 100 year old shop that attracts customers from India and abroad to the crowded Chawk area of Uttar Pradesh' capital Lucknow.
New stickers pasted on every wall inside the shop says "chicken and mutton kebabs".
The oldest in what is now a chain of shops across Lucknow, Tunday Kababi had been serving buffalo meat kebab since they started business.
"People come here for buffalo meat kababs, i' am not sure they will take to mutton or even chicken kabab," said Abu Bakr, manager at the iconic eatery.
The slaughterhouses proving buffalo meat was shut down on Wednesday by civic officials who said their, papers are not in order". A number of slaughterhouses, allegedly operating without licenses, have been shut down since BJP government led by priest turned politician Yogi Adityanath came to power. Yogi Adityanath, speeding up through the BJP's poll promises after taking charge, has ordered a ban on illegal slaughter houses.
Twenty-five kilograms of buffalo meat is used by the Tunday shop daily which comes from slaughterhouse. For the first time in a century, barring curfew or natural disasters, the shop was shut yesterday. "You see, on a normal day I would not have had time to speak to you," said Abu Bakr.
"I am willing to go by whatever the government decides, but perhaps everyone should be given some more time to put their house in order if there are any irregularities. Otherwise this will lose their jobs," he added.
Customer's along with some regulars, went empty handed yesterday. Nadeem Ahmad, a regular customer said,"Buffalo meat kebabs are also cheaper. So the poor can come here and eat in 30 rupees. Not everyone can pay Rs 50 or 70 for chicken or mutton kebabs. I am totally with the government but legitimate business shouldn't be harmed."