Hotline: 1800 102 2007
Search Business Opportunities
growth 2014-10-15

Casual dine, PEs preferred choice

An exclusive interaction with Riyaaz Amlani, Owner- Impresario Entertainment and President NRAI.

By Deputy Features Editor
Casual dine, PEs preferred choice

Riyaaz Amlani is known for bringing the concept of coffee culture in India. He has also contributed a lot in the revival of the Hauz Khas Village. Talking to Restaurant India, he shares his experience in the food business along with taking NRAI to the next level.

You moved the value chain from mocha to fine dine to casual dine. How do you see the sector growing in India?

Today, restaurants are doing a great job in all the formats. There is no single format left to enjoy your meal. Many a times you demand a burger, the other time you demand something very casual and often you prefer going for a lunch or dinner taking the fine dining experience. So, we would see growth in every format in the restaurant sector.

PEs are more keen on sharing opportunity with casual dine format. What is the reason?

Earlier PEs were more comfortable sharing opportunities with QSRs, but the development in West has shown that there is maximum growth in the fast casual segment. PEs think same for the Indian restaurant business and casual dining is their preferred choice. But development could be seen in all the segments. I think, PEs are going to look at manageable restaurant chains as they look for attaining scale, and fine dining scale is a little bit harder. Therefore, they do not move in that direction. Hence, PEs are today going from QSR to fast casuals to casuals.

You have brought the concept of working cafes in India. What is the USP?

People today do not need any office environment to work and technology is everywhere. I believe that there is certainly a growth on your own level. We are in cafe business for 14 years and they are all social now. People have always used cafes as very social business, they were using it for meetings, but now they are using it to sit, write a letter, type their thoughts out and make the presentation to clients. This shows that how people are interacting in cafes.

Is the profit same of the working cafe to that of a normal cafe?

A restaurant has 100 covers on a day and on 100 covers you are able to do four rotations. From morning to night, one person sits for one hour. You have empty seats, so why not utilise for working people in cafes. The battle is for customers watch not his wallet.

NRAI has been contributing a lot for restaurant fraternity. What will be your contribution to the organisation?

During my tenure, the goal would be definitely to increase the membership base. Currently, we have all the chains with us. But I want to reach out to the small restaurants which really need our help. My responsibility would be to take the membership base from 1,200 to 5,000.

What strategy you would apply to persuade small restaurants to take membership?

I think the perception of NRAI is most similar to that of the restaurant industry. To do well, one has to be friendly and welcoming. So the idea would be to make the brand of NRAI more accessible, leveraging social media and engagement at ground level. 

Related opportunities
  • Competitive Exam Coaching Institute
    About Us   Founded in 1996 by a team of leading educationists,Dr.Bhatia..
    Locations looking for expansion Delhi
    Establishment year 1996
    Franchising Launch Date 2017
    Investment size Rs. 10lac - 20lac
    Space required 200
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit
    Headquater New delhi Delhi
  • Others Food Service
    About Us: Founded in 2016, MOMO JOJO is the most loved..
    Locations looking for expansion Karnataka
    Establishment year 2016
    Franchising Launch Date 2018
    Investment size Rs. 10lac - 20lac
    Space required 150
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit
    Headquater Bangalore Karnataka
  • Juices / Smoothies / Dairy parlors
    About Us: The Juice Art, a venture of Sonaya Foodworks, is..
    Locations looking for expansion Delhi
    Establishment year 1982
    Franchising Launch Date 2018
    Investment size Rs. 10lac - 20lac
    Space required 100
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit
    Headquater New delhi Delhi
  • Courier & Delivery
    About Us: Arogya Herbs was established in 2013 with a thought..
    Locations looking for expansion Madhya Pradesh
    Establishment year 2013
    Franchising Launch Date 2013
    Investment size Rs. 2lac - 5lac
    Space required 100
    Franchise Outlets -NA-
    Franchise Type Unit, Multiunit
    Headquater Indore Madhya Pradesh
Insta-Subscribe to
The Franchising World
For hassle free instant subscription, just give your number and email id and our customer care agent will get in touch with you
OR Click here to Subscribe Online
Daily Updates
Submit your email address to receive the latest updates on news & host of opportunities
More Stories

Free Advice - Ask Our Experts