BarBeQue Tonight’s Missing Sidewalks!

Part ‘restaurant review’, part ‘oh my God, what happened!” – I drove into Barbque Tonight (Clifton) earlier this evening shocked to find lots of space for Parking, no tables set up outside and no sidewalks. Upon asking a few of the waiters, I was finally told that some influential mate had entered the premises a while back,

demanded service for him and his 20 guests, and when he was asked to wait (as we ALL do!!), he fumed out of the restaurant. Early the next morning, a whole lot of heavy machinery visited the restaurant and well, removed the sidewalks as part of ‘payback’ for the lack of service. (please keep in mind this IS hearsay!)

So while there are more than a few ways to get into the BarbeQue Tonight’s usually packed parking lot, there is no more outdoor seating. And on a MUCH brighter note, the place is still doing booming business and the food is STILL great! A hungry crowd packed the halls of the restaurant despite the stomach flu going around! (What stomach flu!?)

24 Comments so far

  1. Zainub (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 2:22 am

    I had been wondering for a while why in all the world they got rid of the foot path and several very old trees :( infront of BBQ, that is may be down to such a petty matter is very annoying for a pro-enviroment person like my self!

  2. Balma (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 4:06 am

    Thank you Zainub Radvi for sticking to topics such as this one started by Rabia Gharib, rather than inciting our best and the brightest to get out of their educational institutions and waste time for someone else’s benefit. Thank you for sparing our kids’ futures. Shukarun-jazakallah.

  3. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 4:16 am

    Hearsay indeed + the fact that we all love conspiracy theory’s.

    Fact of the matter is that ever since the reconstruction of the roads BBQ tonight was not allowed to put tables on the footpaths and roadside – in the name of ‘safety’.

    The footpaths have been taken out as the main road is going to be widened to better help the flow of traffic.

    The real question is if this will actually be an improvement after 7pm, when bbq starts for service.

    The resteraunt is extremely popular and it is impossible to find a parking space in the main compound even on weekdays. People have to resort to the adjacent streets and the empty plots of land around the eatery.

    With no footpath acting as a divider I can easily see the main road traffic getting hindered by people turning towards bbq from where ever they please!.

  4. Yawar Herekar (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 4:17 am

    The best and the brightest are doing what is expected from the best and brightest. Fighting against the ugly face of tyranny and repression. Don’t stop us! You are committing a grave sin by doing so…

  5. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 4:23 am

    Balma, for all your sarcasitc remarks you still could not stick to the topic.

    Let alone that, you had to resort to the distortion of names to further your views.

    Everyone (even you) has a right to their opinion whether we like it or not.

    Oh and before anything else, why dont you guys do everyone a huge favour and decide on whats acceptable (to you!).

    If someone makes a post on current affairs “KMB IS TOO POLITICAL”.

    If someone makes a post on anything else “KMB SUCKS.” “I DONT LIKE THIS POST.” or the classic “WHAT A WASTE OF TIME”, even when you just wasted 10 mins reading and posting a useless reply.

  6. (w)hole LOTA love (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 4:55 am

    private businesses shudnt be allowed to use roads/pavements no matter how busy their shops/restaurants are.

    we cry when we get stuck in the trafic just because of the encroachments in the street (by the poor street sellers) so why one would appreciate BBQ’s encroachment policy???

  7. Phil (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 5:16 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that happened.

    But then again, they weren’t BBQ TN’s sidewalks, they were city/public property for which every Karachiite probably pays. Then again, bulldozing it like that is idiotic too.

    The road outside of this eatery needs more attention. The other day I was there with my family and we heard a motorbike crash. The poor biker rode straight into the massive pothole in the middle of the road and got flung like a good 5 yards. Man was that saddening.

  8. Neena (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 8:07 am

    I’ve read some controversy related to eucalyptus trees around BBQ tonight. Read more here and here. BTW what about footpaths in front of other businesses, are they intact? It would be great if you guys can put some pics of the area.

  9. balma (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 11:15 am

    *Red_Munk wrote

    Let alone that, you had to resort to the distortion of names to further your views.


    I am not distorting anyone’s name’s spelling. Both readers will agree with me that the way I wrote their names is the correct Arabic pronounciation of their names. If you don’t agree with them, then hudoor! aap kee mardee!
    In fact I should be the one suing these women’s butts for making me sound like a totlaa:-)

  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

    The BBQ tonite was in lock horn with the CCB (clifton cantonment board) for past 3 years. The past administrator was hand in glove with the PML(N) SINDH MPA Raheem (the owner of BBQ) and turn a blind eye in own interest of free meals and parties.

    The current administrator wanted amicable settlement in respect of maintenance of place and an applicable tax levied for usage of public property, but BBQ admin was in-toxicated with power of being in Govt, wanted everything for free with CCB to handle the maintenance of area.

    Liberty Books came up in same vicinity and the CAR showroom of DEWAN group emerged later., they complained of manhandling of their visitors in evening by the BBQ goons clad in black.

    The CCB action was done after several notices to BBQ to keep area clear of their encroachments but invane and they are trying to make it political issue whereas it is purely administrative issue in the interest of public concerning traffic flow & widening of road, creating kerbs and putting up signals on that intersection.

    – – – – –

    Balma, PLEASE! seems like you been molested by some arab, why are you so HADARTALMOUT

  11. Nouman` (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 2:58 pm

    Believe it or not…the BBQ tonite clan were adamant on not paying the income tax -claiming that they were an agritural concern growing eucalyptus trees!!!

  12. Zainub (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:11 pm

    I care less right now about whether BBQ were entitled to use that space to serve customers, or whether the govt./whatever concerned authority was right in clearing out that space or not, I care foremost right now about those trees! They ought not to have gone down! They were 3 or 4 of them, really old and wonderful ones! As it is we have so few trees in the city, we need more, not cut down the ones that do exist!

  13. Zainub (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:21 pm


    You ARE distorting my name. And you continue to do that despite the fact that I have pointed that out to you before. Razvi is not an Arabic name and so does not require an Arabic pronunciation, even if it was an Arabic, Greek, Hebrew or Latin name, given it was my name, I could have chosen to pronounce it in any way I wished. Can you please keep your almighty sense of self-righteousness to your self?

  14. Zainub (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:38 pm

    Thanks you for those links Neena, I had been looking for some report on this for sometime, but hadn’t found any until now. But I remain unconvinced. The minister in question said the Eucalyptus trees were damaging for the environment because they supposedly caused sewerage lines to clog, but the area around BBQ has probably the best sewerage lines in all of Clifton Block 2!

    Also, I just googled up more info on Eucalyptus trees and as was my suspicion a lot of those assertions are fairly dubious. The minister who approved the tree cutting mission said birds did not build nests in these trees because they were long and tall trees, and so did not provide birds with enough sense of security, but wikipedia says the Eucalyptus species have a very good relationship with animals. I quote:

    “Eucalyptus flowers produce a great abundance of nectar, providing food for many pollinators including insects, birds, bats and possums”.

    The wiki information page does agree with one thing the minister pointed out, in that some (not some, not all) Eucalyptus species have a habit of dropping entire branches off as they grow. I have lived in the area for 2 decades and I haven’t witnessed any major problems in this respect.

    The trees were very well maintained, looked beautiful and provided pedestrians often found waiting for public transport to arrive with a cool, comforting shade. Even if they wanted to get rid of the side walks, they ought to have preserved the trees, but the environment, as I keep learning, is not even the last thing on this government’s drive to supposedly “develop the city”. Sigh.

  15. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 6:43 pm

    Pardon me for slightly irrellavant link specially the “zoo” part :)
    But if they were a “eucalyptus” trees. They could ve been a fire hazzard.

  16. Bab (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    Its not your place to mispronounce somebody’s name. Zainub is right, its her name and she can write it anyway she wants, in fact I am more used to Zainab but respect her spelling, any way what is this hang up with the bloody Arabs? who cares how they spell ? they also misprounounce Pakistan as Bakistan and consequently they dont park their cars, they bark them. If you are so impressed by Arabs then go and live among them. This country is south asian and we are rooted in ancient India and Persia not Arabia, just because we share a religion does not mean we also adopt their dress and language. Enough, I wanted to write about the emergency not this stupid issue.

  17. Mohammed (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 3:07 am

    This is’nt the first time this has happened there, and the depressing fact is the manner of the operation rather than the operation itself. I believe there is a more civilized way of conducting a civic operation as opposed to operating under a cloud of hooliganism.

  18. balma (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 11:35 am

    Zainub Radvi: I am not distorting your name. Radvi is from Radaa which is an Arabic word which means agreement in English. In Urdu we have words like Raadi, Radaamandi, all derived from that word. I used to write and pronounced Rada as Raza, and also used to say raazi and razamandi, but now I know better. Thanks to your vasious posts on Auntie Farhat Hashmi, and most recently on your salah spree at various malls in Karachi and lack of wadu facilities.
    Why don’t you ask Aunti Hashmi or Sister Huma if it is Rasvi or Radvi? I will follow these aunties, whatever they say.

    Oh by the way, Razvi in Urdu and Arabic means ‘of Raza’, in particular of Imam Ali Raza, one of the twelve imams. Oops, I meant Radvi and Rada ;-)

    Ceasefire offer: I will go back to Razvi, if you agree to Wazu and Hazrat. I don’t enjoy writing Urdu like totlaas. Willing to negotiate?

    Others: Hey guys, chill. I am following Zainub’s accent and transliteration conventions.

  19. Zee (unregistered) on November 11th, 2007 @ 6:19 pm

    What a waste of cyber space! Post this crap on yr personal blogs already! It has been posted before and you just keep writing old stuff back. Pathetic!

  20. hina yaqoob (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    i heard the whole event was a result of the political scenario prevailing at the time of BB’s return ..this story about some hot-shot ordering the removal of the sidewalks seems a little far-fetched..whatever the case, we as students have to go through hell as our university lies on the other end of BBQ tonite..

  21. Balma (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

    Hina: Which house is your university located in?
    Do people in Karachi have no real universities to go to?

  22. hira (unregistered) on November 21st, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

    i pass bar b que tonight everyday because my university is located nearby, and whatever the reason for removing the foot paths , it has made the road wider and it kind of gives a nice feel to it like we are finally able to breath . But the irony is that even though this has turned out to be a pleasnt site just a few feet away where the road turns towards sea view and bilalwal house all the foot paths are filled with huge , ugly political posters and billboards giving that area an untolerable look. The last time it rained the bill boards caused us much pain .Are they waiting for the next rain season to remove them. It seems that we as Pakistani find one way or the other to contribute in any way as possible to spoil the way our country looks.

  23. Ali Akbar (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2007 @ 12:41 pm

    It’s really sad how our goverment has taken our citizen’s right to earn what we deserve.According to my information,there has been political interference by the owners of the restaurant that who are bothered by the leaders. The leaders have threatened and are taking brutal steps against the owners.

  24. saad (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2007 @ 5:42 am

    yeah I have heard that too.

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