Trincas to celebrate it's 60-yr culinary journey

Kolkata: Trincas, one of the oldest and legendary restaurants on Park Street, will celebrate its completion of 60 years under the Puri family.

Also, the restaurant will celebrate 50th anniversary of Usha Uthup's first performance here. To mark the occasion, Uthup will perform on September 27 and 28. Trincas was a quiet tea room until July, 1959, when Om Prakash Puri and Ellis Joshua acquired and converted it into a restaurant. To this, they added live 'floor shows'.

In 1961, they completed renovations to the tea-room – a centrestage backed by a padded velvet wall, large mirrors, ornate lights – and the ambience turned plush and decadent. The food offerings were classic continental and Indian. Live entertainment established Trincas as one of, not only Kolkata's, but India's leading restaurants. In 1970s, Trincas attracted superstars of the day like Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar, Tiger Pataudi and the West Indian cricket team. It was here that one could rub shoulders with politicians and business tycoons, artistes and entertainers— while listening to world class musicians like Biddu Appaiah, The Trojans, Eve, Ajit Singh, The Cavaliers, Beat Four, Flintstones, Chequered Tricycle, Great Bear and The Savages. Trincas became synonymous with the cultural heritage of the city.

On October 1, 1969, Usha Uthup (then Iyer) first performed at Trincas. She added a spectacular new dimension to the restaurant lively music scene with her trademark charisma, Kanjivaram sarees and flowers in her hair.

Trincas and Usha Uthup's fates were intertwined from the start of their association. As she attained stardom, so did Trincas and two legends were created. She had an uncanny ability to understand her audience and capture their heart. She calls Trincas her home and Trincas calls her its own. The restaurant revived the elements of its classic décor and ambience. Step in for lunch as soothing piped music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s takes one down nostalgia lane with The Beatles, Elvis, Sinatra and Neil Diamond.

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