Can Swiggy and Zomato help India’s $41B unorganised street food market go online?

Adella Miesner

Earlier this month, #BabaKaDhaba began trending on Twitter. A video of the hardships being endured by 80-year-old Kanta Prasad and his wife, Badami Devi, who run a small kiosk opposite a temple in Delhi’s Malviya Nagar, led to an outpouring of support on social media.

The video, shot by YouTube food blogger Gaurav Wasan, caught the attention of thousands of people, including celebrities and political leaders, all of whom sought to support the couple, suffering since the lockdown. 

Soon after, Gurugram-based food delivery unicorn Zomato announced that people in Delhi could order food from Baba ka Dhaba. A source said the team was now working on documentation and other legalities of getting them online. 

But Baba ka Dhaba was not the only small vendor that faced massive problems and loss of livelihood amidst the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. 

Data from National Hawker Federation reveals that more than four crore hawkers in

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Local Eats: 5-2-oh brings Asian fusion street food to Bay City

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BAY CITY, MI — John and Autumn Filburn’s 5-2-oh food truck is bringing Asian fusion street food to Bay City.

Korean tacos filled with shredded, marinated pork and topped with fresh kimchi, shrimp tacos filled with popcorn shrimp tossed in a sweet chili sauce and topped with cilantro lime slaw, Korean-style chicken wings, and specialty burgers are just a few things hungry customers will find on their ever-changing menu.

Especially popular is the “Godzilla Hotdog,” a bacon-wrapped Koegel topped with Korean pork, kimchi and sriracha aioli, for $7. Chef John Filburn describes it as “this crazy hotdog that Bay City loves.”

Another customer favorite is the jalapeno bacon popper burger, an all-beef patty with jalapeno cream cheese spread, American cheese and bacon on a brioche bun, for $10.

“That goes out the window, too,” he said of the popular special.

All menu items range in price from about $7 to

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Broad Street site once slated for a Zaxby’s now set to be sold to Starbucks

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Formerly an Arby’s, 2309 W. Broad St. is now set to become a Starbucks after plans for a Zaxby’s to open there fell through. (Photo by Mike Platania)

After ditching their plans to sling chicken fingers from an old Arby’s building on West Broad Street, a local group is unloading a downtown property they’ve been sitting on for four years.

The long-planned Zaxby’s at 2309 W. Broad St., next to popular local joint Chicken Fiesta, has been scrapped. The site instead is under contract to be sold to Starbucks, which is planning a renovation of the building into a drive-thru location.

That’s according to Ryan Converse, who with Bryan Willis and James Cannon owns the local Zaxby’s franchise, through their CWC Food Services. The group in 2016 paid $1.7 million for the former Arby’s property, which sits on roughly a half-acre.

“That was our original intent, to do

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We were lovin’ it: Farewell, McDonald’s Queen Street

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Earlier this week, it was announced that Auckland’s oldest McDonald’s is closing its doors. Here are some saucy stories from the Queen Street icon over its 40-year tenancy.

If you’ve had a night out downtown in Auckland, chances are you’ve ended up walking past the Queen Street McDonald’s, if not actually going into it. It’s the very definition of high-low: the world’s most famous fast food restaurant set up in one of Auckland’s most beautiful heritage buildings, the 136-year-old Auckland Savings Bank Building. 

This particular McDonald’s, the oldest in Auckland and the second oldest in New Zealand (hey Porirua!) is also a lightning rod for memorable stories – stories that go past the threshold of “lol I had a drunk night there once”. In 2004, Greenpeace launched its McDonald’s GE Free campaign there, complete with a hired actor playing Ronald McDonald quitting the franchise over its use of chicken

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Amazon Prime Day: FEMAIL reveals the best deals from the retailer and its high street rivals

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It’s Prime Day! As Amazon’s annual shopping bonanza returns, Femail reveals the biggest savings on everything from tech to beauty – and the best deals from high street rivals

  • Amazon has slashed the prices across hundreds of items to offer limited edition deals to Prime members
  • The shopping extravaganza which begins on Tuesday is set to rival other flash sales on the UK High Street 
  • FEMAIL rounded up a selection of the best savings to be found throughout the event, which runs for 48 hours 


Amazon Prime Day is finally here – and it’s perfect timing for early birds who are already making a start on their Christmas shopping.

How to become an Amazon Prime member 

To be eligible for the deals and discounts on Prime Day, shoppers need to be

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Street Food Pop-up to open doors in centre of Canterbury

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An eatery specialising in street food is set to open on the site of a former Greek restaurant.

The business, called Street Food Pop-up, will welcome the first of its customers through its doors in Orange Street, Canterbury , at 1pm this Friday.

The pop-up will open at the former Zeus Ouzeri & Taverna in Orange Street, Canterbury. Picture: George Bartlett
The pop-up will open at the former Zeus Ouzeri & Taverna in Orange Street, Canterbury. Picture: George Bartlett

Run by City Feast, the premises will sell meals to eat in or takeaway served by vendors Radburger, Just Wing It and Churros Frescos.

Organiser George Bartlett said: “There will be a bar inside as well.

“It’ll be a family-friendly area, but also a late-night place that will be open until 10pm and that’ll change to 11pm when the restrictions go.

“We hope it’ll be very popular and that it’ll bring something new and exciting to the city.”

The market will be operating out of the former Zeus Ouzeri

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West Point bakery C. Allen Confections expanding, opening a Main Street store, despite pandemic

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A mere three months after C. Allen Confections began selling baked goods out of Colonial Kitchen, owner Courtney Maltese’s bakery has gained so many clients that the restaurant no longer has enough space to share.

“Right now I’m not doing anything else out of Colonial Kitchen,” Maltese said in a phone interview, although the restaurant may take cakes for dessert again once C. Allen Confections’ own building opens up.

Maltese said that her bakery “grew too fast, which is not a bad problem to have,” Maltese said.

“I think that the small businesses in the area have done a really good job recently of working together,” and “promoting themselves as a unit,” rather than individually, said Sam Drewry, vice president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Drewry also noted the interest generated by C. Allen Confections at the pop-up markets Maltese attended over the summer in a phone interview.

“I think

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Red Rocks looks to reopen down the street | Local News

Adella Miesner

MANKATO — The crowds of college kids were never looking for a menu when they crammed into Red Rocks, one of Mankato’s best known night clubs before the pandemic.

Red Rocks was for drinking, dancing and discovering music. And it served as the final destination for many young adults in the final hour before bar-closing time, with people packing into the bar to look for dance partners and maybe more.

A plan to resurrect the bar, though, will require it to become much more of a dining establishment unless Red Rocks owner Eric Hayes can persuade the City Council to amend its 2007 liquor ordinance, which prohibits new bars that generate all of their revenue from alcohol.

Red Rocks, like all other Minnesota bars, was shut down by Gov. Tim Walz in mid-March to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In June, when bars were again allowed to serve customers

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This popular Northside spot has just opened a new restaurant/bakery on Parnell Street

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Already open at the IFSC, the team behind Salsa Authentic Mexican Food & Bar has just opened up at a second city centre location – confirming that they’re bringing a taste of Mexico to 143 Parnell Street.

Teasing the news on social media over the weekend, staff announced that the new venue will not only house a Mexican restaurant but a tasty Mexican style bakery as well.

Famed for their traditional offerings, customer menu faves include quesadillas, pizadillas, burritos, tacos and tortas – all of which you’ll find at the new location.

Hinting that there is still “much more news to be shared soon”, here’s what they had to say:

“We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be opening a new store in Dublin city centre next Monday, on the 12th of October.

The new location will house not only your favourite Mexican restaurant but also a Mexican style bakery

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New restaurant, bar opens on Eighth Street – News – Holland Sentinel

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HOLLAND — A Mexican restaurant and bar has opened in downtown Holland.

Taco Plus Bar opened its doors Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 220 W. Eighth St. in the former location of JK’s Bakehouse and Deli. The 1,700-square-foot restaurant specializes in tacos and spirits.

“Inspired by the rich tradition and flavors of Mexican cuisine, long-held family traditions of cultivating tequila and mezcal spirits, and an innovation in menu and bar programming,” the restaurant wrote in a statement.

“Taco (Plus) Bar is meant to be more than a dining establishment, but rather a community space in which residents and visitors alike can come together for a food and beverage experience.”

The three-story building, in collaboration with SVB Plus Reckley Architects of Holland, was converted from its previous design to an “artistic, industrial atmosphere,” that features patterned tiles and transparent garage doors — allowing for easy indoor/outdoor accessibility.

The restaurant is owned by

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