Published:  12:00 AM, 11 January 2017

Holey Artisan reopens

Holey Artisan reopens Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan reopened Tuesday after more than six months. It came under a deadly terror attack on July 1 last year. -Collected

The Holey Artisan Bakery, where 20 people were killed in a militant attack last year, has reopened but at a new and smaller location in Dha-ka's Gulshan. 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. Six months into the gruesome attack, the bakery was reopened on Tuesday, one of those managing the venture said on condition of anonymity. On July 1 last year, gunmen barged into the cafe on road 79 at Gulshan 2 and killed 20 people, 17 of whom were foreigners. Army commandos neutralized the militants next morning.

The terrorist attack and the commando action damaged much of the structure including boundary walls and goods kept inside. 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.

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