They say life’s about the journey, not the destination, but sometimes the opposite is true. A messy night out isn’t so much about the club, the people, or the music, but the gloriously greasy takeaway that awaits as a prize at the end of the night. Indian Home Diner has been a late night hotspot on Paddington’s heaving Oxford Street for a long time, so naturally Sydney Council is trying to reduce the restaurant’s hours. The council is making Indian Home Diner close its doors early at midnight, which just feels like a needless act. 

That’s why a petition has popped up to save the place: “Keep Indian Home Diner Open Until 3am” wants to, well, keep the restaurant open until 3am and offer a lifeline to Sydney’s drunken revellers.

The petition was started by the helpful Sydney Instagram account Bondi Lines. “Indian Home Diner (IHD) holds a very special place in all our hearts,” the petition begins. “Its hand crafted Indian cuisine made with love you can taste makes it the premier late night food hub in the world. Although most famous for it’s #5 Garlic Cheese Naan kebab with Alloo Chop, it is more than just a restaurant, it is a community.

The council has advised they’re no longer allowed to trade past midnight. Not only will you be deprived of your last meal of the night, but there will no longer be the community that is IHD afters.”

Bondi Lines have also created a GoFundMe campaign to compensate IHD’s lost revenue from the reduced hours until normal operating hours are hopefully returned.  “Robert, his family & team have been trading for 13 years in Paddington, do not let this dynasty stop early. Long live IHD,” the petition ends.

At the time of writing, the petition has been signed over 1,200 times, almost reaching its target of 1,500. If you want to save a beloved after hours Sydney spot, you can add your name here.

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