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    Pondicherry gets its much-awaited motopub, with a lounge, store and a restaurant that opens this weekend

    SLEEK black bike silencers hang from the ceiling, shedding a faint red glow. Leather motorbike seats propped up by rubber tyres double as bar stools. A customised Royal Enfield occupies pride of place at The Road, Pondy’s new motopub.
    The LED lighting, the hit-the-road music and the vintage posters all set the mood to step in, lounge back and let your hair down.
    Hot wheels
    Owned by BK Madhavan and Adal Arasan, who are also associated with the Royal Enfield showroom, the theme is a big draw for bike enthusiasts.
    2While accessories like tees, anti-pollution masks, helmets, gloves and jackets can be purchased at the motopub, biker groups can also book the entire ground floor, that can seat 15-20.
    You may bump into a leather-clad motorcyclist or two, but The Road wants to be much more than a biker hangout, asserts Arasan.  “We hope to make it the most happening spot in the White Town— the kind of place where you can unwind after work on week nights and weekends.” The lounge upstairs, with a glass dance floor and disco lights, is the centre of all the action be it Ladies Night on Wednesdays, live performances and DJ Nites every Saturday or the soon-to-be introduced Karoke Friday nights.
    “The Royal Enfield displayed here has been customised and is on sale,” adds Franc Badrinath, the manager. “Riders can also bring their bikes or even Vespas to modify them according to their taste.”
    Breezy barbecue
    3The rooftop restaurant (6 pm to 11 pm) opening this weekend, is the latest addition to the space that opened just before New Year. The menu, with a mix of Indian and Continental, is still a work-in-progress and as of now boasts staples, says Badrinath. The seafood platters with lobsters, snapper and calamari, are easily the most appetising. The live tandoor counter is a sizzling spot to grab a plate of fish tikka or prawn kebab hot off the tawa. The bar menu is extensive with a list of interesting shooters and shots. Don’t forget to sample their signature Road Cocktails (`200 upwards) like the aptly named Passion Rider (vodka, rum and passion syrup) or Ride to Goa (vodka and guava). What is sure to catch the fancy of a few is the upcoming hookah corner on the rooftop, that is an uncommon find in the city.
    The Road is open on Rue Bussy from noon to midnight. Details: 4201122

    — Olympia Shilpa Gerald

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