Citadel - - BAR HOP -

Ele­phant & Co Gastropub started a lit­tle over a year ago with the aim of form­ing a com­mu­nity of peo­ple who would meet up to net­work, en­joy drinks with a few close ones at the end of the day, or sim­ply walk in alone and make friends while at the bar. “We’ve suc­cess­fully grown as a com­mu­nity bar and lit­er­ally be­come a small fam­ily that loves to hang out to­gether, no mat­ter what day of the week it is.” says Karan Khilnani, co-owner of Ele­phant & Co Gastropub. Over the months, those who walked in alone found their tribe at this com­mu­nity bar, and par­ty­go­ers made this bar their sec­ond home. “It’s not just about par­ty­ing to­gether, peo­ple here have formed re­la­tion­ships and have stood by each other even through dif­fi­cult times. We’ve helped them form their fam­ily,” con­tin­ues Karan.

Agree­ing with what he has to say, Shikhar Vish­noi, a reg­u­lar at this com­mu­nity bar, quips, “I found my peo­ple here! I used to come in here for a drink here after just hav­ing moved to Pune, and I hardly knew too many peo­ple. But now it’s be­come the best place to re­lax, net­work and grow to­gether!” Karan fondly re­mem­bers a time when the brunch had to come to an abrupt halt when it started pour­ing. The guests helped him and his team put the ta­bles back in, waited in­side for around an hour, and went back to en­joy­ing the party once the show­ers stopped, sans com­plaints. Karan has helped build fam­i­lies, given a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to those who were wish­ing to start their ca­reers with ECO (Ele­phant & Co), and been there for his pa­trons when­ever they’ve needed him. The love and kind­ness Pune has show­ered this es­tab­lish­ment with in re­turn has re­sulted in the in­crease in pop­u­lar­ity.

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