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Holey Artisan reopens at new place in Gulshan

6 months after deadly terror attack

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The Holey Artisan Bakery reopened on Tuesday on the first floor of 'Rangs Arcade' building at the Gulshan Avenue in the city over six months after the deadly terror attack on July 1 last year.
 "Six months into the gruesome attack, the bakery was reopened on Tuesday," one of those managing the venture said on condition of anonymity.
The terrorist attack and the commando action damaged much of the structure including boundary walls and goods kept inside.
Earlier on November 13 last year, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police handed over the custody of the Holey Artisan Bakery to its owners asking to shift the restaurant.
On the fateful night of July 1, five gunmen barged into the two-storey lakeside cafe, usually frequented with foreigners and expatriate Bangladeshis. The home-grown jihadists took 30 people hostage and killed 29, including two police officers and a chef.
The upscale eatery that once operated on 2000 sq ft area will now be housed inside a 500 sq ft space on the first floor of 'Rangs Arcade' building at the Gulshan Avenue.
The newly constructed zone has seat plans for 20 people. The cafe could earlier seat 50 customers at a time.
Recently, the management announced they would reopen the cafe at a new location on their Facebook page.
Workers were seen busy decorating the new place on Tuesday afternoon.
The manager said they had plans to open branches at Dhanmondi and Motijheel as well.
"We are trying to turn around after a setback. But the loss to the country is much bigger," he said.
The government has decided to clear the residential area of all commercial establishments operating without permission.  The premier earlier ordered that illegal establishments be evicted from the strategic zone.

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