Mumbai’s Popular Restaurant Qualia Shuts Down After Financial Struggles; Becomes Another Victim Of Pandemic

Mumbaikars, your favourite Qualia, tragically closed its shutters on August 31. Known for its sophisticated and relaxed atmosphere, flavorful entrees, refreshing drinks, Qualia has been a beloved joint for a long time. While Qualia was able to stay tight amid the Covid first wave, the second wave swept the restaurant. Debts and liabilities mounded, and the restobar was unable to pay the rent or its employees. Qualia patrons, read on to know the unfortunate ending to a well-loved space. 

Chef Rahul Akerkar’s Qualia Shuts Down Due To Covid

Chef Rahul Akerkar helmed world-class restaurant Qualia received accolades like the 50 Best Discovery list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2021 and much more. The barely-10-month-old restaurant was sailing high initially, but the coronavirus pandemic made it economically unsustainable for the restaurant. The dreaded coronavirus claimed yet another victim in the restaurant industry, Qualia. While they did everything and more to survive, the hope for a miracle was short-lived.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Claims Another Victim In India’s Restaurant Industry

From salary cuts to online cooking videos to digital cooking classes, they put the utmost effort to make a dine-in format, viable for delivery. As they bring the shutters down for the last time, Qualia released a statement thanking the passionate restaurant team, the Qualia family, for their sincere efforts. They revealed that shutting down business is painful but as entrepreneurs, they continue to find new ways to evolve and morph their businesses to keep them relevant and running. While Qualia has pulled the plug on its operations, here’s hoping we get to welcome a brand new restaurant from Chef Rahul Akerkar and his team.

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