A year of serving comfort food – The New Indian Express

Express press service

KOCHI: The company’s “[email protected]” hotel, which offers low-budget meals at 10 a.m., has completed one year of service. The hotel, located on Paramara Road near the Northern Town Hall, has served meals to 10,000 people over the past six months. The number of hotel employees has increased from 13 to 50.
Cochin Shipyard MD Madhu S Nair will inaugurate Samridhi’s first anniversary program to be held on Saturday.

“The hotel does good business. We get groceries at subsidized rates so we have not suffered any loss. We don’t have to pay rent because the place is owned by the company,” said Sheeba Lal, Kochi’s company advisor, who manages the hotel.

Due to the huge response to the “Hunger-Free Kochi” project, the company plans to expand its service to West Kochi area. “We are in the process of identifying land to open the restaurant,” Sheeba said.
“We started the hotel by serving `10 (takeaway `15) meals which include rice, curry, a side dish, pickles and papad. Later, we upgraded the menu with breakfast and dinner items. For lunch, we have also started offering non-vegetarian curries. Now Samridhi is open until 8:30 p.m. It also offers catering services,” Sheeba said. “We also plan to introduce the beef pothichoru option to the existing chicken and vegetable pothichoru,” she said.

“There is a huge crowd at the hotel from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chappati-veg/non-veg curry, rice porridge and live masala dosa are available in the evening at an affordable price,” said Varghese Thomas, a rickshaw driver and regular customer of the restaurant. The Hunger-Free Kochi project was announced in last year’s budget.

KOCHI: The company’s “[email protected]” hotel, which offers low-budget meals at 10 a.m., has completed one year of service. The hotel, located on Paramara Road near the Northern Town Hall, has served meals to 10,000 people over the past six months. The number of hotel staff has increased from 13 to 50. Cochin Shipyard MD Madhu S Nair will inaugurate Samridhi’s first anniversary program to be held on Saturday. “The hotel does good business. We get groceries at subsidized rates so we have not suffered any loss. We don’t have to pay rent because the place is owned by the company,” said Sheeba Lal, Kochi’s company advisor, who manages the hotel. Due to the huge response to the “Hunger-Free Kochi” project, the company plans to expand its service to West Kochi area. “We are in the process of identifying land to open the restaurant,” Sheeba said. “We started the hotel by serving `10 (takeaway `15) meals which include rice, curry, a side dish, pickles and papad. Later, we upgraded the menu with breakfast and dinner items. For lunch, we have also started offering non-vegetarian curries. Now Samridhi is open until 8:30 p.m. It also offers catering services,” Sheeba said. “We also plan to introduce the beef pothichoru option to the existing chicken and vegetable pothichoru,” she said. “There is a huge crowd at the hotel from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Chappati-veg/non-veg curry, rice porridge and live masala dosa are available in the evening at an affordable price,” said Varghese Thomas, a rickshaw driver and regular customer of the restaurant. The Hunger-Free Kochi project was announced in last year’s budget.

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