Meet with : P R Shiva Kumar, Director of Saravan Bhavan, talks about setting up a vegetarian legacy in global
Updated on: 29 Jun 2016
Started by B Rajagopal who began his career as a hotel cleaner, Saravana Bhavan took charge in 1981 as an all vegetarian restaurant. Since then, the Saravana Bhavan Empire has grown, with vegetarian restaurants and hotels throughout India, and even a branch in 20 countries. In late 1990s Rajagopal's son Shiva Kumar and his younger brother joined the business marking its expansion in Indian as well as setting first global outlet in Dubai in 2000. With over 7000+ employees and over 20 countries presence, Saravana Bhavan is rowing heaps and bounds. Here are the excerpts from interview:
How has been the journey of Saravana Bhavan in last 30 years?
We opened our first branch in 1981 which was a small 60 seater restaurant with 24 staffs. When we opened there was no brand for restaurants, south Indian restaurant and there was no quality restaurant serving south Indian food in a presentable manner. Started by my father who was instrumental in standardising the restaurant- food, presentation, employee welfare which helped us earn good name in the market and slowly we started expanding into multiple restaurants. And, from multiple restaurants back in the 1980s people started accepting our brand. So, we were able to create a brand image in 1990s. And, soon we opened first overseas unit in Dubai in 2000.
How many restaurants you are running in both global and Indian markets?