Woodlands Drive In gets a facelift
Woodlands Drive In is an institution which many Madrasis swear by, and some swear at. Situated in the heart of the city, the restaurant was started in 1962, when the hotelier K. Krishna Rau convinced the Horticultural Society to lease its premises to him for a restaurant. It was Chennai’s first drive in restaurant and claims to be the first to have introduced Channa Batura to Chennai.
More than the food (which is just about ok now a days) it was preferred by many for the green cover it provided in the heart of the city. The waiters never bother you, and you can spend an entire day in the premises without being disturbed. In fact, many a travelling sales men use it as their mobile office. It is preferred for people who want to make deals over inexpensive coffee (Rs. 10.00 against the Rs. 40.00 plus you pay in swanky coffee shops). You get to see yester year celebrities – playback singer P.B. Srinivas is a regular- and the large space makes it ideal for blog meets too.
But the biggest complaint against Woodlands Drive In is the grimy halls, chipped crockeries, a general ‘has been’ atmosphere. So I was pleasantly surprised when I went there last week, to find that renovation is under progress. Hope that it reverts the Drive In to its former glory.
Trivia – Did you know that the annual book fair conducted by BAPASI was held in Woodlands Drive In in 1982?