For individuals travelling from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh, particularly to Vijayawada, a pit cease at 7 Halfway Plaza at Suryapet is a should. It was first established in 2009 with the purpose of offering hygienic restrooms on NH-65. Why Suryapet? Raj Yarlagadda, chairman of Folks’s Mix, which is lively within the service sector, narrates a childhood reminiscence: “The journey time by bus from my village at Nujiveedu to Vijayawada was 60 minutes. The bus would cease halfwayfor soda, water, cool drinks and many others. So after we, as a firm, noticed the dearth of hygienic relaxation rooms on the Hyderabad-Vijayawada freeway, we selected Suryapet as a result of it’s precisely halfway. Initially, our focus was on washrooms, meals was secondary.”
What’s in a reputation
7 Halfway Plaza was named to seize the eyeballs of travellers. Raj says, “After we began the plaza, there have been no pace weapons. Folks driving at over 100 km pace on the freeway gained’t have the ability to learn something lengthy and wordy. A single quantity ‘7’ was determined to seize individuals’s consideration, to make it straightforward for everybody to learn and bear in mind.”
Constructed over 40,000 sq. toes, 7 Halfway Plaza has developed to incorporate coated parking and EV charging stations. It has additionally change into a spot the place households break their highway journeys for breakfast or lunch. The menu, which has modified through the years, contains breakfast (open until 11 am) comprising fashionable specials equivalent to masala dosa, pesarattu, upma, puri and idli.
Director and CEO of seven Halfway Plaza, Srinivas Dasari, provides, “Because it drew extra prospects to make use of the restrooms and seize a light-weight breakfast or lunch, we couldn’t take a look at meals as a secondary factor. We labored on the menu with meals consultants and cooks to supply all kinds. The thought was to have the ability to cater to all age teams.”
The group works with the precept of three ‘R’s — Refresh-Recharge-Restart, says Raj. Guests are sometimes stunned on the clear bogs and handwash areas. Srinivas says, “Sitting lengthy hours in a automotive might be tiresome. The workers is educated to be cordial in order that when company proceed their highway journey, they’re completely satisfied in regards to the break and no matter refreshment they’ve. To cater to the cross-section of consumers when it comes to age, we have now a pizza place, a fried rooster outlet, a global espresso outlet and a sweet retailer. “
The 7 restaurant serves south Indian meals combos equivalent to ragi mudda with rooster curry, appam with stew and kodi palav with vankaya kura, other than all-day breakfast dishes equivalent to idli, dosa, vada, bonda and many others. To supply a extra elaborate meal, the corporate began Feast Home within the plaza.
Feast Home presents a South Indian unfold of 39 festive and homely dishes, all served on a banana leaf. The meal begins with conventional delicacies like boorelu, mini uttapam, adopted by crimson rice dosa, completely different flavoured rice, dals, vegetable curries and varied sort of chutneys. There may be additionally a particular non-vegetarian sampler thali that features curries, fries and a biryani. The tasty meals aside, it’s the hospitality of the ladies serving workers that make a diner smile; they not solely inform the diner of the identify of the dish but additionally briefly clarify what every merchandise, particularly the pachchadis, are made from.
All in all, 7 Halfway Plaza is a spot you might be glad to cease by.