College Street Coffee House – whose official name is Indian Coffee House – re-opened at 11 a.m. on Thursday after three months. The iconic eatery located opposite Presidency University, remained shut from March 20 as a precaution against Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Coffee House was sanitised by workers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation before it was opened at 11 a.m. It will remain open till 6 p.m. Earlier, it used to remain open from 9 am to 9 pm. Several precautionary measures have been taken, including thermal checking of those entering the premises and use of hand sanitizers. Those not wearing masks are not being allowed to enter.
The menu has been changed with several items not being served for the time being. While coffee is being served in disposable paper cups, sadly water is being served in plastic cups. Though the decision to use plastic cups has been taken as a precaution to prevent the spread of the virus, plastic is definitely not a great alternative, unlike paper cups. The seating arrangement has been changed as well – by increasing the gaps between tables.
The history of the College Street Coffee House can be traced to Albert Hall, which was founded in April 1876. The Coffee Board decided to start a coffee joint from the Albert Hall in 1942 , which was named Coffee House by the Central government. Now, it is run by a co-operative society.