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Managing committee reshuffled at NRAI’s 35th AGM; Singh vice-president
Wednesday, 04 October, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Rahul Singh, coach and founder, BTB Marketing Pvt Ltd (The Beer Cafe) and former honorary secretary, National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), was elected the body’s vice-president at its 35th annual general meeting (AGM), at which its managing committee underwent a reshuffle.

The meeting of the body (which has, in the past year, dealt with a number of issues, including the highway liquor ban) took place at the India Nightlife Convention and Awards in Mumbai recently. This was the first time the city was hosting the NRAI AGM. Singh, who is also chapter head, NRAI, Gurgaon, spearheaded the fight to make bars along the highways legally operational.

Among the other office-bearers elected by the new managing committee for a two-year term that ends in 2019, was Amit Jatia, vice-chairman and chief executive officer, Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd, which holds the master franchisee for McDonald’s outlets in West and South India. He was appointed the new honorary secretary.

Jatia, who is also chapter head, NRAI Mumbai. Under his leadership, the Mumbai chapter of the association was able to resolve a number of issues during the past year. These include the removal of police permission for eating houses and permit rooms and the reduction in the number of licenses from 37 to 31.

The new appointees to the managing committee include Pratik Pota, chief executive officer, Jubilant Foodworks Ltd; Zorawar Kalra, managing director, Massive Restaurants (Farzi Cafe); Priyank Sukhija, director, Lazeez Affair; Kabir Suri, director, Azure Hospitality; Varun Tuli, managing director, Yum Yum Cha; Nitin Saluja, chief executive officer, Sunshine Teahouse (Chaayos); Sam Chopra, chairman, Carls Junior [Delhi/National Capital Region (NCR)]; Anurag Katriar, executive director and chief executive officer, Degustibus Hospitality; A D Singh, director, Olive Bar and Kitchen; Mohit Khattar, chief executive officer, Baskin Robbins; Rahul Leekha, director, Coffee by Di Bella, Mumbai, Manu Chandra, partner, Olive Café South (and current Bengaluru chapter head, NRAI) and Kayum Dhanani, managing director, Barbeque Nation, Bengaluru.

Announcing the new appointments, Riyaaz Amlani, president, NRAI, said, “Restaurant industry stalwarts have come together to promote and strengthen the Indian food services sector. I am extremely thankful to each one of them for agreeing to contribute their valuable time, expertise and efforts to bring ease of doing business to our beloved industry.”

Congratulating the new team, he added, “NRAI wants to work with the government and authorities as a cohesive unit to promote the restaurant industry. Valued at Rs 3,09,110 crore, our industry is the third largest in the services segment (after retail and insurance), according to the NRAI India Food Services Report 2016.”

“It generates revenue that is 1.6 times that of the Indian railways, is twice the size of the information technology (IT) industry, contributes over 2.1 per cent to the gross domestic product (GDP) of India and provides employment to over six million Indians,” said Amlani.

“There is a very urgent need that they take note of its socio-economic impact, place it on the high-priority sector list and bring in the required reliefs in order to unleash the true potential of this promising sector,” he added.

Amlani announced, “We’ve been successful in many of our endeavours, but there is a long way to go. The new body will persistently take up issues affecting each segment with the relevant authorities nationally, locally and hyper-locally.”

The meeting was attended by Rahul Singh, A D Singh, Katriar, Kalra, Khattar, Sukhija, Tuli, Kabir Advani from Berco’s, Chef Manu Chandra from Monkey Bar, Nishit Pandey from McDonald’s, Rohan Jetley from TGI Friday’s, Rajeev Matta from The Yellow Chilli, Rahul Kumar from Red Mango, Santosh Jindal from Jade Garden, Gauri Devidayal from The Table, Vyoum Ghai from Suribachi and many other prominent restaurateurs.
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