Thursday, December 04, 2008 9:19 AM (Mumbai)
Restaurants and lounge bars across south Mumbai are feeling the pinch of last week's terror attacks in Mumbai. However, at one cafe, patrons are just pouring in.
Leopold Cafe at Colaba Causeway was the first to face the wrath of the terrorists last week but the famous backpacker hangout is suddenly a shrine to Mumbai's resilience.
Waiters and patrons say the heightened buzz is a result of extreme post-attack curiosity.
"I have come here from Bombay central. I usually don't frequent this place. But I have come here, specifically to express my support and experience the place," said Lalita Vyas, a Leopold patron.
The atmosphere is incredible. Leopold for many has become much more than just a place to dine. That explains why the cafe has been serving over 300 people daily since the past three days, as opposed to their regular crowd of just 100.
From the bestseller Shantaram to the travel diaries of every tourist visiting Mumbai, Cafe Leopold is now also etched in the minds of thousands of foreign tourists that visit this city.
"We were determined to be back and we know we are safe," said another patron.