For years Oxford Street pub- and club-goers have ended their nights at Paddo institution Indian Home Diner. Their preferred order? The booze-busting garlic cheese naan kebab, with potato, cheese and a curry of your choice. It’s long been catering to punters till 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Now, those late-night carb fests are at risk.

It appears that in the past the diner’s late-night trading hadn’t been approved by council. It applied in November to Woollahra Municipal Council to make those opening hours – Friday and Saturday 11.30am to 3am, and Monday to Thursday and Sunday 11.30am to 11pm – official. But its application was rejected in March. A few reasons were given in the refusal – including that the application didn’t demonstrate satisfactory crowd and litter management, didn’t “protect the amenity” of the adjoining residential properties and is “not deemed to be in the public interest”.

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In response, Instagram page Bondi Lines, which chronicles queues for pubs and clubs around Sydney in real time, (and famously was a key source for Sydneysiders on the length of PCR testing lines during the first Omicron wave), has launched a petition for the council to “reinstate IHD’s hours to what is right – 3am at the earliest”.

“Although most famous for its #5 garlic cheese naan kebab with aloo chop, it is more than just a restaurant, it is a community,” Bondi Lines organisers write. “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.”

The current petition target is 1500, with 1321 naan-kebab-lovers already having signed at the time of writing.

Bondi Lines has also launched a Go Fund Me campaign, on behalf of owner Robert Chowdury, to help cover the revenue Indian Home Diner is losing due to its reduced hours. So far this has raised $109 of its $950 goal. The recommended donation? $12.50 – the price of the #5 garlic cheese naan kebab with aloo chop, something punters queue up for after sessions at nearby boozers such as The Unicorn.

The community has rallied behind the campaign. Liberal member for the local seat of Wentworth Dave Sharma posted a poll on his Instagram stories asking if the diner should get its trading hours back. Allegra Spender, an independent candidate contesting Wentworth in the upcoming federal election, also commented that “Business was hit hard enough during Covid and even though I haven’t been to The Unicorn for a while, even I know Indian Home Diner is a national treasure. Let’s save it.”

You can sign the petition here and donate to the Go Fund Me here.