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Goa's iconic pub Tito's sold, owner claims 'harassment'

India's tourist destination Goa's oldest pub Tito's has shut. Ricardo Joseph D’Souza, the partner, took to social media to vent the ire of politicians and officials and held them responsible for the iconic pub going under the hammer.

Goas iconic pub Titos sold, owner claims harassment-ycb
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Bengaluru, First Published Jun 29, 2021, 12:33 PM IST
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The 50-year-old, Goa's iconic pub and nightlife hub Tito's located in Baga beach and other allied businesses has been sold now. The identity of new owners are yet to be revealed.

Ricardo Joseph D'Souza who is active on social media took to his Facebook account to lash at politicians, bureaucrats and few NGOs for his business going down the drain and claimed 'harassment' from these segments which eventually led to giving up the pub and its allied businesses under the brand name.

The businessman reportedly alleged he faced harassment from police, PDA (Planning and Development Authority), CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone), NGOs, panchayats and sarpanchs (village heads), block development officers (BDO), and deputy collectors.  As a result, now, he never plans to start any business.

Taking a jibe at those who reportedly harassed him, a report stated him saying, those who harassed him while carrying out his business should now employ his workforce as many have no jobs now.

"It is with sadness but with anger that we have sold our entire business in Goa. I personally have suffered the least as I was compensated adequately and even my future generations won't have to work. I will also share some with our staff , but in the long term they now have no jobs. Can i please ask our officials to employ them as I do not ever plan any more business in Goa. By " officials" i mean all the harassing lot, like police, pda, crz, ngos, panchayat n sarpanchas (not Shawn Martins), bdo, dy collectors, Am very grateful to certain segments of the Government like Dr Sawant , the IAS officers, ex staff , present staff, our neighbours , all my friends and family and the common people of Goa who all contributed to this great Brand called TITOS. End of an Era!," D,Souza wrote on his Facebook page.

The iconic party destination was started by East African, Tito Henry De Souza in 1971.  Tito’s Goa is actually a courtyard consisting of an open-air restaurant, a concert space, and nightclubs.Tito and his wife started this small business here and the idea was to bring together expats like Germans, England, Americans and others. As families and friends would assemble here for relaxation, the place soon turned into a community by itself.

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