When She means Business….
“If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” ― Margaret Thatcher
Thanks to First Idea PR, my visit to Kolkata this time got interesting by meeting some of women who are making difference in the food business.
It was too tempting for me to stop sharing stories about them with all of you. In the last few months, I have received multiple request from people recommending women who are making business shine around the country. These women entrepreneurs have been running their restaurants with a professional camaraderie & sheer integrity. One thing common among them is their passion to stand out. So here is presenting a new season with new stories which are bound to inspire all of us.
Inaugurating the Season 2 with Shrabani Kumar… Let’s find out from her the story of Melting Pot in this brief conversation.
1. Tell a little about yourself
I am a person pursuing excellence, and I am never satisfied with my achievements. My professional journey started with editing a Bengali competitive magazine, I shifted to the beauty sector next, and now to food…better to say Good Food. I love to experiment and I am not afraid of failures, because either I win or learn…never lose.
2. What made you start Melting Pot?
Everyone loves tasty food. People search for healthy and tasty food, and proper ambience to enjoy it fully with family and friends. My restaurant Melting Pot is a small step in this direction to take care of the taste buds of Kolkatans.
3. What were you doing before Melting Pot?
I was running a successful business in beauty sector taking care of the health and beauty of skin and hair of the people who love to look confident and beautiful.
4. As a woman, what challenges did you face while setting it up? How did you overcome?
Perception of people that how a woman can run a restaurant which requires minute and meticulous detailing, whether for preparation of food, serving, interiors, sitting arrangements, what music to be played, personalized service to customers, earning loyalty and above all to be busy up to midnight serving guests with a smile. Getting the right place for this restaurant was a big challenge too.
5. How was Melting Pot accepted by Kolkata?
Never say die approach, working on feedback of guests and valuing the time spent by guests at restaurant by delivering them unforgettable dining experience.
6. What is the USP of Melting Pot?
Excellent fresh food with great ambience supported with personalized service.
7. How do you motivate your workforce?
The mantra of working together to grow together.
8. What plan do you have for Melting Pot in the next 5 years?
To be known as one of the best destinations at Kolkata to take care of the taste buds of foodies.
9. Do you encourage other women entrepreneurs make similar ventures? What tips do you have for them?
Obviously yes. Women are the best to run service industry. They need to believe in themselves and give in their best shot.
It will be very helpful, if you can leave a comment and let me know how you liked it. May be a small note on your suggestions to help me grow.
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