The India Club, a London restaurant, has successfully reached its £50,000 crowdfunding target to raise funds for its ongoing legal battle with its landlords.
The venue announced that it had recently been served with a notice to vacate the premises by Marston Properties in January 2021.
However, on 15 April the group announced via its Crowdfunder page that it had raised £49,381 through 1,597 supporters, with an estimated additional gift aid funding in excess of £7,000.
A message from the restaurant’s owners said that they are “incredibly grateful” for the support that has helped reach an “initial target”.
They added: “However, as we begin our legal fight, we need to continue raising more funds to stay afloat in the current economic climate.
“Please keep sharing and contributing so we can meet our stretch target, which includes our estimated total legal fees. Any extra funds raised or costs recovered will go to our rent costs and be a much needed lifeline during these uncertain times. Thank you very much.”
Situated at 132-145 the Strand, the site was established by Krishna Menon, India’s first high commissioner to the UK, more than half a century ago.
The India Club’s owners claimed that the landlords have pushed for a “crippling 80% increase in rent”, which would have “a devastating effect on us as a local independent business”.