An Indian restaurant in Kiev that also offers shelter | India News

An Indian restaurateur has hosted around 70 people, including Indian students and Ukrainian nationals, at his restaurant in Kiev since Russia launched the attack on Thursday. As the bombs began to explode around them, people flocked to the Saathiya Restaurant, located in the basement of Chokolivs’kyi Boulevard, with their luggage.
“Many Ukrainian nationals have also arrived at my restaurant, hoping that they will be safe here. The restaurant is now like a bomb shelter because it is under the basement. We serve food to everyone “said Manish Dave, the restaurant’s owner.
But even before the attack, Saathiya was also popular among Indian students for his home-style meals. Shivam Katoch (25), a third-year MBBS student in Kyiv, said: “I was staying in my hostel but I didn’t know how long the civilian areas would be safe from airstrikes. I used to come here often for Indian food, but on Thursday when I got a call from Manish Dave, I immediately moved to his restaurant to be safe. For now, it’s our home away from home.
On Thursday, the restaurant served chicken biryani to those seeking shelter. But concerns are growing over the remaining food stock. “We have kept the stock of the ration that we have left. We now have rice and flour for 4-5 days, but we have to buy vegetables and other items. There are movement restrictions between 10 p.m. 7am,” Dave said.
On Fridays, when the markets were open for a while, the restaurant stocked up on vegetables, milk and rice. “There are a lot of pregnant women and children here who need milk,” Dave added.

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