Partying in Goa has been synonymous with heading to Tito’s for many. In fact, Tito’s nightclub at Calangute beach has been bustling with nightlife for the last 40 years. Reports suggest the club used to have 90,000 visitors each month, but it seems it’s the end of an era.
Club Tito’s has now been sold along with other allied businesses in the city. The owners claimed there was harassment by government officials, politicians as well as NGOs. Ricardo D’Souza, a partner, expressed his disappointment in a social media post on Monday.
Titos has been SOLD!!! Tito’s and Goa are probably even more famous than INDIA all over the world. Owners put Goa on the Global map as one of the best party destinations in the world. Memories right from 2006 will be etched in our hearts. Partying in Goa will never be the same 🥺 pic.twitter.com/s036F2YGb8
— Conrad Barreto 🇧🇷 (@conradbeckham) June 28, 2021
“With sadness and anger, 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,” D’Souza explained.
Taking a dig at his alleged harassers, he added, “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 (Planning and Development Authority), CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone), NGOs, panchayats and sarpanchas, block development officers (BDO), and deputy collectors,” D’Souza said.
“I am very grateful to certain segments of the government like Dr. (Chief Minister Pramod) 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 TITO’S. End of an Era!” D’Souza added.
Ricardo and his brother David used to run Club Tito’s, Bollywood Discotheque and Cafe Mambo; all of which were a part of the Tito’s brand, reports TOI. The identity of the new owner, is still unknown.
Here’s how people online reacted to this news-
That’s very unfortunate, lot of my memories are associated with Tito’s
— Aditya Goswami (@AdityaGoswami_) June 29, 2021
— $uheil Merchant (@suheil_merchant) June 29, 2021
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Maybe you are an exception. Even People living in Amazon forests know about Tito’s night club.
— Saineel Dharwatkar 🇮🇳 (@saineeel) June 29, 2021
I remember, way back in 2001, we skipped Tito's to go over to Kamaki as it was new and better. I want to go over to a nightclub now just to check if I can stay up that late and keep dancing.
— Avinash Ramachandra (@avinrama) June 29, 2021
Tito's band ho gaya. Kahaan jaenge dilliwale ab ?
— Nikhil Udupa (@greyoceanblues) June 29, 2021
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