It takes more than capital to succeed in the restaurant business for sure. Now if you don’t believe that, meet the Mumbai boy Riyaaz Amlani who consciously dived into the restaurant business almost decade and a half. Though he did not imagine at the time that he would go on to open as much as 44 restaurants across India in less than two decades time.
Starting with a chain of coffee shops called Mocha, and many other ventures later, today, Riyaaz is best-known for his popular day cafés and bars by the name of Social. “There are so many aspects that go into creating a restaurant. It is difficult to pinpoint only one. You have to be tenacious, hardworking, bright, sociable, passionate, have great understanding of the socio-political environment, awareness of pop art and to be able to connect so many different dots to create one great experience,” says the entrepreneur, who is also a judge on a reality show called Grilled, which aims at helping aspiring food entrepreneurs to realise their dreams.
Even though the food business in India has witnessed massive growth in the past few years, Riyaaz says this is just the beginining. “It is going to grow higher and higher,” he adds.