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The situation in the state of Karnataka continues to be precarious. Across the board, safety measures are being implemented and followed in all public spaces. In the midst of dampened spirits, it is heartening to see an innovative initiative open doors to a public that is yearning to step out, with the assurance of all necessary safety measures in place. 

acre drive-in service

Acre, located close to the international airport in Bengaluru and spread over 1.5 acres, was scheduled to open in March this year as a dine-in and drive-in space. With the outbreak of COVID-19 and ensuing lockdowns, this opening did not take place. On June 15, with Unlock 1.0 well underway, Acre opened up its drive-in service as a safe way for customers to enjoy a meal. 

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Up to 34 cars can roll in, park, and enjoy the service in the drive-in area. Safety measures in the form of social distancing by parking drive-in cars at least 6 feet from each other adheres. Each car is also sanitised, and passengers have to undergo thermal scanning at the entry point. Diners will then be able to peruse a virtual menu by scanning a QR code. All staff wear gloves, masks, and face shields and all food and beverage are served in disposables.  

acre drive-in service

“With the monotony of staying at home, people appreciate the opportunity to step out once in a while, and so we have customers who go out for drives and stop by at Acre to eat. They are stepping out of their homes in these times, but they are still in a safe space – their cars,” says owner, Dr Priyaanka NPR. 

acre drive-in service

At Acre, customers can expect a lush green, open space, great food ranging from wood-fired pizzas to biryani and meal bowls. There are several options for a quick bite – such as rolls, sliders, and snacks. Acre also specialises in desserts and cakes with customers even coming and celebrating birthdays at the drive-in. This unique contactless dining experience in the comfort of your car may be just the break from the monotony you need. 

Located: No.63, International Airport Road, 500 metres before toll, Bangalore-562157

Ruth Dsouza Prabhu

Ruth is an independent journalist based in Bangalore. Always in pursuit of the next story that interests her, loves her food and drink, bookworm and a sucker for sunsets and airplane journeys.