The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) concluded the first day of its landmark NRAI Indian Restaurant Summit 2023 in Kolkata, setting the stage for a transformative journey in the country’s culinary landscape. The summit-themed ‘Cultivating Excellence’ opened the door to discussions that promise to redefine the restaurant industry’s role in India’s economic development.
Addressing critical aspects of the restaurant industry’s growth, the event kicked off with a thought-provoking session titled “Agility is not taught; it’s acquired – the new mantra of hospitality and retail.” Here, industry leaders grappled with the evolving dynamics of customer expectations and the pivotal role adaptability plays in a rapidly changing world.
Sagar Daryani, Vice President of NRAI and Co-founder/CEO of Wow! Momos, emphasized the summit’s significance, stating, “The NRAI Indian Restaurant Summit is not just an event; it’s a catalyst for profound change. We are fostering innovation, inclusivity, and sustainable growth within our dynamic industry. Our sights are set on addressing pressing challenges and driving our nation’s culinary future to greater heights.”
The summit, led by Zorawar Kalra, underscored the rise of the chef-restaurateur and recognized the delicate balance between culinary creativity and financial success. It was not just about running a restaurant; it was a culinary revolution where esteemed chefs and industry experts engaged in an immersive discussion, navigating the intricate interplay of these two aspects.
Kabir Suri, President of NRAI, echoed the sentiment, saying, “The NRAI summit heralds an era where gastronomy meets nation-building. It transcends the realm of food; it’s about cultivating an environment where the Indian restaurant industry thrives, addressing pressing issues like licensing, GST input, and, most importantly, becoming a potent force propelling our nation’s economic growth.”
Riyaz Amlani, CEO of Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt Ltd, emphasized the broader cultural significance of restaurants within India, stating, “Within our diverse nation, restaurants are not just places to dine; they are threads that intricately weave our culture and traditions. The NRAI Indian Restaurant Summit 2023 isn’t just a culinary event; it’s a movement to redefine the industry, tackle its challenges head-on, and create experiences that transcend boundaries and generations.”
Zorawar Kalra, Founder and Managing Director of Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd, and Founder of Indigo Hospitality Pvt Ltd, declared, “Our journey as restaurateurs mirrors the transformation of our nation. This summit is a clarion call, a national movement that recognizes the immense potential of Indian restaurants to shape global culinary narratives.”
Anurag Kataria, Founder of Indigo Hospitality Pvt Ltd and Trustee of NRAI, affirmed, “The summit sparks a collective fervor to reimagine the hospitality landscape. It’s an unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, aimed at elevating the dining experience for every Indian. We are addressing industry challenges and paving the way for a more robust restaurant ecosystem.”
The NRAI Indian Restaurant Summit 2023 is poised to continue its enlightening discussions over the coming days, further shaping the future of India’s restaurant industry.