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Old 3rd March 2015, 13:21   #1
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Default Fiat Caffe Car-O-Bar in Bangalore!

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An international brand set across 14 different cities across the world like New York, Hong Kong and Madrid, Fiat Caffe Car-O-Bar is the first-of-its-kind cafe in India. The automobile themed cafe boasts of an Italian inheritance and a bit of spunk.

Offering globally inspired food, the place has vintage lounge sofas and has used various parts of a car to enhance the beauty of its interiors.

Facebook page for more info : https://www.facebook.com/fiatcaffecarobar

Given how fiat is doing , maybe they should try out the restaurant business

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Definitely the coolest Fiat Caffe I've seen so far! Done up very tastefully. Love the ambience, and the manner in which the rims are showcased on the wall (getting ideas now). That Punto DJ console is simply

Looks like they opened up only recently. Fun stuff too, including stand up comedies, retro nights etc.

Bangalore BHPians should hook up and have a Team-BHP meet there.

Related Thread: Link (Fiat Caffe & Fiat Punto Sport Launched in Pune)
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It is the same Fiat Caffe place at Domlur, isn't it? The mezzanine floor, where there were meeting rooms and a small service area, seems to have been totally revamped.

The last time I went there, around 2 years ago, they had not done up the place so beautifully yet. And the Italian food was far from Italian (I cook better Italian food that them). Hopefully, things have changed now!
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This is the older FIAT caffe converted to the Car-o-bar now. The showroom has been closed with curtains in a way that cars cannot be viewed from the outside.

I cross this bar everyday on my way to office, and judging by the number of cars parked outside- guess they are doing better than the old showroom days.
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Yes this the one at Domlur. Its ranked decently on Zomato as well at 3.5 indicating that it might actually be worth a visit for the food as well over and above the decor, definitely on my list of stops next time i go there.

Nice looking food menu too.
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This showroom is very close to Embassy Golf Link. The showroom itself will be very good in ambience and one can have a look at the restaurant upstairs from the showroom itself. It was started as a Fiat Caffe, then as a Bar , then to a restaurant and now as Car-O-Bar. I guess the showroom been closed with curtains to avoid the direct sunlight. I had been there to the showroom but never visited the restaurant upstairs.

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Is it really owned and operated by FIAT India or is it just a private bar which has taken over from the FIAT caffe and retained the theme with FIAT's permission?
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Is it really owned and operated by FIAT India or is it just a private bar which has taken over from the FIAT caffe and retained the theme with FIAT's permission?
I guess that Fiat Caffe's are owned by the Fiat dealers and this showroom owned by K.H.T. Group, a Fiat dealer in Bangalore.

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This Fiat Cafe is far more 'extravagent' than the one in Hong Kong i had visited, which was just a 'cafe' of sorts !

Would definately visit this one if and when it openes up in Mumbai.

Attached is a picture of the Hong Kong Cafe. Note the beautiful 500 parked to the left ! If i remember correctly it was the Abarth 500. Apologies for the poor quality of the picture.
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Hmmm, when the competition is busy, conceptualizing and building sub 120 bhp hot hatches and SUVs, Fiat is busy selling coffee and peanuts!

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The ambiance seems quite interesting, a retro-modern melange. Seems like actual portions of Punto have been integrated into the lounge. Initially I failed to understand why Fiat needed a café integrated into a showroom but now I've accepted this new concept more or less, I just hope they aren't serving liquor there because for a car showroom its absolutely essential that everyone get out of there sober. Other than that if it helps them raise footfalls into their building, good for them. I'm still not convinced on the overall theme of a showroom+performance lounge+cafe though.

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I love this concept by Fiat. I believe its a right brand extension and helps in building awareness about the brand and their legacy. I would love to see Harley and Royal Enfield try out something similar, it would help cement their already strong position
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Hello TeamBHP community. This is my very first post and I hope to live up to the standards and also share my experiences with all in the near future.

Very good conceptualization of a restaurant. I can feel the environment it would create for car enthusiasts over a cup of coffee . But the actual idea of setting up a full fledged restaurant is a bit confusing for the regular customers. Good move from FIAT in perspective of customer indulgence and marketing.
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Maybe some marketing genius at Fiat thought: when karobar is not doing well, might as well try a car-o-bar!
Though the concept is fantastic, not sure if FIAT is the right brand to try this in India.
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Along with those fancy number plates and lights and pictures, may be they should also hang a picture of this:

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