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Rooftop restaurants at star hotels in Maharashtra can now serve liquor

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The Maharashtra State Excise Department vide a Government Resolution (GR) has granted permission to star-rated hotels in the state to serve liquor in their open-to-air terrace restaurants. Until now, these restaurants could only serve food. The permission, however, will be granted only to those hotels that have obtained an NOC from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and from the Fire Department for statutory compliances. The GR also allows hotels to apply for a single composite licence covering all its restaurants, lounges and cafes, making the process of applying for liquor licence simpler. The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has welcomed the move and has indicated that it will continue holding dialogues with the government for making the same applicable to restaurants, too. “The Association has been liasioning with various departments of the state for over a decade on this subject. We wish to thank the State Government and the Excise Ministry for considering our suggestions. While this is applicable only to star-rated hotels as of now, we would be interacting with the department to include non-starred hotels and stand-alone restaurants as well,” said Gurbaxish Singh Kohli, President, HRAWI.

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HRAWI organises FSSAI’s Food Safety Supervisor Training

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In its ongoing effort to align its systems with that of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) recently organised two separate training and certification sessions in Mumbai. Based on the Food Safety Training & Certification (FoSTaC) programme developed by FSSAI, HRAWI conducted the sessions for interested participants for getting certified in the advanced level of catering. The Food Safety Supervisor Training in Advance Catering Programme was meant for big catering establishments where the systems are complex and the need for dedicated personnel for food safety and standards is imperative. “HRAWI aims to proactively ready its members for becoming FSSAI compliant even before it becomes a mandate. It would be in the best interest of our members and the industry to be thorough and fully equipped to meet standards that are internationally accepted and followed. The training programme enables the business establishment to institute a supervisor, who in turn can effectively cascade the communication to the grass-roots level in the establishment in order to uniformly implement the processes as required by the FSSAI. This is a win-win situation for the business, the auditing body, and most importantly, the customer,” says Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI. The sessions organised at D Y Patil University School of Hospitality and Tourism Studies and Sheila Raheja Institute of Hotel Management were participated by a large number of hoteliers and restaurateurs. The Association has also, in the past, organised similar programmes to familiarise hoteliers and restaurateurs with the finer nuances of food safety and hygiene. Food businesses across India, from roadside eateries to restaurants, will have to comply with a wide set of food safety …

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