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Coimbatore

Bullet barbeque bike fad catching up in Coimbatore

Archana Rohit

Budding entrepreneurs seem to find it hard to resist Royal Enfield’s delicious model Bullet Barbeque Bike.

The two-wheeler barbeque rides are the newest fad in Coimbatore. The concept is a brainchild of two brothers from Bengaluru, Arun Varma and Krishna Varma. They pioneered the food bike ride popularly known as BBQ Ride India and the trend is catching up in Coimbatore.

There are already many joints like the BBQ Ride near Hindustan College, Bullet Barbeque at NSR Road, Barbecue Bike near Avinashi Road and Bike Barbecue – BBQ Ride India at Saravanampatti.
One has to pay a premium price for space and parking putting a stop sign on budding entrepreneurs’ dream to make it big in the food industry. Bullet Barbeque has proved to be a boon for such enthusiasts. Food Bikes have a huge advantage over food trucks as they require very less manpower and are easier to maintain and handle.

Nishant Senthamarai, who customises bikes, says, “Entrepreneurs have their own vision of how they want to customise their bullet. I have customised many bullets to Trichy, Chennai and Erode. The idea is to provide second-hand bullet with a professional side cart which is multi-functional. Three types of cooking i.e grilling, barbequing and frying can be done on Bullet Barbeques. I have studied culinary and at times teach the budding entrepreneurs to make different kinds of sauce.”

The sidecar has been optimised to its fullest. The barbeque stove is filled with charcoal; the hotplate is attached to an LPG cylinder concealed in one of the chambers of the sidecar. There are issues like lack of guaranteed parking space on roads. There has to be a civic body licence to run the business. However, most of the time there are issues with authorities, say those into the business.

A foode told The Covai Post: “I recently discovered the food bike near Hindustan College where the chicken was flavoursome and nicely cooked. I think instead of going to barbeque nation I am going to stick to these bikes as they are economical. Some of the Bullet bikes are not stationary and they keep moving in hunt of new hot spots. Whenever I discover a bullet BBQ randomly, I stop as it’s a treat to all my senses. The tantalising aroma of grilled meat, frying chips and veggies being cooked to perfection leaves no choice but to stop and order something.”

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