Opening a coffee shop

#1 Mar 6th, 2004, 23:37
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How easy is it to establish your own coffee shop in India, for instance in Goa?

Another idea of mine I came up with this morning!

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#2 Mar 7th, 2004, 22:49
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nachos

I was fantasizing about this kind of thing too. I want to open a nacho shop in Mumbai or Delhi or Chennai. Do you think the Indian taste buds would love nachos? (Pizza seems to have done well with Indians.) Personally nachos are about 40 percent of my diet, I eat nachos about 5 times a week.



What I was wondering is, are there any IMers who know about real estate prices? What is commercial space going for in CP or Gol Market in Delhi? How much is commerical space per meter in those areas?

You may think me crazy, but when I'm the nacho raj of Delhi, I will have the last laugh.
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In Jaipur, Neil and Sarah of England, had started a very fine coffee shop called the Rendezvous. Just when it became very popular (and profitable), they found their business visa would not be renewed for two years as they were not engaged in an export activity. The result was that they had to close shop and Jaipur lost out on a great place.

So please check on your visa status before you make any investment!
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There was someone on here couple of months ago requiring similar info. If you could trace him he could be of great help in giving you the right info regards to setting up shop in India, incl. visa formalities. I should be having his e-mail address somewhere ,I'll share it upon request.

Byronic, nachos would do very well in Chennai. The Italian restaurant some 15 kms outside Chennai is doing very well and so is the Lebanese one in a remote corner of Chennai.
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Lily - Sad to hear about the closing of Rendevous, it was such a nice place. I sent a friend of my sister to stay with you, who had a great time. I was just going to ask her if she went to Rendevous.

Byronic - I would bet if you did nachos and burritos you'd make a killing. Just the travellers would be enought to keep you in business!
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#6 Mar 8th, 2004, 04:21
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'Desi burritos' (tandori wrapped in naan) are all the rage in California's Bay Area tandori houses
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I was making my own desi burritos in Delhi! Great dinner!
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be sure to save some "chips" for the local police, officials, party goons, mafia, inspectors and politicians . . might be best to sel and consult the idea to a local and leave it at that
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If it were easy to open a small business in India, lots of people would do it.
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I don't know if I've posted similar info before but here it is anyway. What I know of Goa is they suffer from the "island mentality" as we called it in Cyprus. The moment an outsider is very succesful the locals conspire to get rid of him. So if not anything else keep your paperwork in order.

It's very difficult to run or manage a business with the majority of Indians and unfortunately it will be this majority keen to be part of your operaions. I have lost half my life savings to this majority. As convincing as they may be at the start you'll soon discover your money just grew wings. Stranger is the fact that this lot will still approach you for further investments.

A good local always has 50 relatives to posion his mind.

Nevertheless there are eateries owned and managed by foreigners in India. I have come across some in Pondicherry (French and Vietnamese), one in Bangalore (Austrian) and one in Chennai (Italian)
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Merchant, I agree with you, but I'm fairly convinced nothing is impossible. As long as you feel motivated and think about it twice, maybe thrice before getting yourself into the game.

If your idea is out of the ordinary, you might find yourself a market. For instance, if you intend to open another restaurant with true Indian food or put up a stand at any of the markets trying to sell muslin, it might be difficult because of all the competition!

But, do something out of the ordinary and it will draw attention to it!

However, as many of you say, it won't be easy regardless of what company it might be.

Am in touch with a few people here in Suezia at the Indian Board of Trade! Will keep you posted on any development and info given by them.
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I am interested in starting a coffee shop in Kolkata or Hyderabad and wondering what legalities I would have to follow, meaning types of licensing and paperwork, etc. Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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If anyone is still exploring setting up a coffee shop in India please give me a buzz, I'm exploring similar things here in West India and would love to brainstorm with someone else.
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Hey Cucumber,
I had some ideas and questions to talk about. I'm not sure if private messages can be sent here on IndiaMike but I sent a friend request to try to talk privately if you're interested. Peace.
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Whitesardar, you do not have enough posts to be able to send a PM to anyone. get your post count up to 10 or more and yo uwill be able to access the PM function
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