Ghost Kitchen backed Goila Butter Chicken, the brainchild of master chef Saransh Goila and Vivek Sahani started operations in London last month through a delivery only concept partnering with London restaurant Carousel. Goila said he is also looking at other international markets.
“For those services providers delivering services for the airline sector this will hurt in the short term while business volumes are low, but could well become attractive in a years’ time as travel picks up post-Covid,” said Phil Fersht, chief executive of global business research consultancy HFS Research.
The quick service restaurant company and domestic firms Rebel Foods and Sierra Nevada Restaurants have signed a strategic partnership to expand Wendy’s presence in India over the next decade. "We’re not aware of any deal this size involving a global quick service restaurant chain,” Reid, who has been steering Wendy’s operations in India through Sierra Nevada Restaurants, said.
Besides the new contracts, IHCL will launch the Taj Chia Kutir in Darjeeling in partnership with the Ambuja Neotia group on December 14 and another hotel, the Taj Guras Kutir in Gangtok is expected to open in partnership with the group towards the end of next year.
But hospitality chain Accor said on Wednesday it has introduced Vivaah at Novotel, an initiative which leverages its 20 properties across 15 gateway cities in India, and will offer web telecasts of weddings for family and friends who may not be able to make it to the event besides other services.
HVS Anarock said it conducted an anonymous online survey amongst hospitality students (who had completed their internships) from four leading institutes in India to understand their experience during their internships. The online survey was conducted in March 2020 and 338 participants responded to it, the company said.
Westlife Development, owner of Hardcastle Restaurants, the exclusive franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants in West and South India, is banking on the next two quarters to recover losses for the first six months of the financial year when India went into nationwide lockdown.
“Guests have started us asking us for refunds. They are also asking if we could shift them to another property in Gurgaon or Noida,” said a hotelier. Tarun Thakral, chief operating officer of the Le Meridien hotel in Delhi said guests who had booked and made arrangements for 200 people are asking for refunds and the hotel will be repaying them.
The process is online and normally commences in the month of May each year. For the fiscal of 2019-20 therefore, the hotels were looking forward to applying for the benefits in May 2020. However, it has not yet been operationalized.
Industry executives said dining out being directly linked to physical contact and interaction at various levels, unlike some other consumer facing sectors like FMCG, electronics and mobile phones which have done well because of online sales, is directly dependent on consumer confidence.
Hotels are liable to get full due to the new social distancing norms for both residential rooms as also banquet spaces and states relaxing the numbers to 200 guests with social distancing norms, said a spokesperson for IHCL, which runs the Taj group of hotels.