How Kolkata’s Chowman launched two new restaurants and a cloud kitchen amidst the pandemic

Bengal and Bengalis can go on for years debating over Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, CPIM and Trinamool, and Ilish and chingri. But one thing that all bengalis seem to agree on is Chinese food and music. And Kolkata-based Debaditya Chaudhury seems to have made it to the heart of Bengalis through both. 

The musician-turned-entrepreneur is the founder and Managing Director of Kolkata’s leading chain of Chinese restaurants, Chowman. Starting as a small restaurant in Kolkata in 2010, today Chowman has 15 outlets spread across the city. It has also extended its wings and recently launched a cloud kitchen in Bengaluru

“My aim was to create a human character, similar to KFC and McDonald’s. I wanted to go with Mr Chow in Town, but we were not able to get registration for that name. I then decided on Chowman, which sounds similar to Chowmein — the first thing Indians think of when they think Chinese,” Debaditya tells SMBStory

Chowman claims to have recorded a ten-fold increase in its delivery and takeaway services during the pandemic, and has also managed to retain its set of loyal customers. 

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Debaditya Chowdhury, Founder and Managing Director of Chowman

Love for food and music 

After completing his graduation from St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, Debaditya went on to pursue MBA from IISWBM. However, his mind and heart was always towards music and food. 

“Growing up in a house next to Kim Wah (a popular Chinese restaurant in Kolkata), my passion for Chinese food started at a tender age. I dreamed of opening a restaurant in my hometown since my college days,” says Debaditya, who is also the founding member and keyboardist of Bengali rock band Lakkhicchara.

His love for the cuisine was almost innate and it took physical form in 2010. Debaditya invested Rs 15 lakh and started Chowman as a 20-seater restaurant in South Kolkata’s Golf Gardens. 

Along with his brother, Shiladitya Chaudhury, Debaditya has also founded Oudh 1590, a period dining Awadhi restaurant. 

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Debaditya is the founding member and key guitarist of Bengali rock bank Lakkhicchara | Image Source: Team Chowman

Swimming through hurdles 

 “My goal with Chowman was to democratise fine dining and make the five-star quality experience available at affordable prices,” Debaditya says. 

When he first started the restaurant chain, he sourced all the raw materials — spices, sauces, and even chopsticks from various parts of Hong Kong and Thailand. “Even the decor at our outlets were designed by craftsmen from China,” he says. 

However, with expansion, Debaditya made a shift and now sources all the raw materials from various parts of India in order to “support farmers in our country,” he adds. 

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Even the décor at Chowman’s outlets are designed by craftsmen from China | Image Source: Team Chowman

The Chinese restaurant chain initially faced challenges in terms of finding the right neighbourhood to set up the restaurants. Since most of Chowman’s restaurants are located at key locations across Kolkata, neighbouring

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How Two Music Industry Professionals Launched A New Business During A Pandemic

When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, married couple “Zito” and Christin Zito were trying to figure out next steps. Zito, who spent the past 20 years on the road most recently serving as production manager for Steve Aoki, and Christin, a celebrity hair and makeup stylist, weren’t sure what to do.

On Easter Sunday the couple was planning a cheat meal for their diet and Zito had a sourdough starter already made. While brainstorming what to make with it, they settled on sourdough cinnamon rolls. Having previously baked sourdough bread during Covid-19, the Zitos immediately knew there was something special about the sourdough cinnamon rolls. When Christin posted a photo on Instagram of their cheat meal, the outpouring of comments from people wanting a roll for themselves got them thinking. Soon, the couple began selling cinnamon rolls in their subdivision in Tennessee and the first weekend they sold 63 rolls, the following weekend 83 and by the third weekend they baked and sold over 120 sourdough cinnamon rolls.

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“By the fourth week we had over 200 orders,” Zito tells me. “[I thought] ‘OK, I think we’re onto something here.’ So how can we scale it? How can we grow it? And how can we move it towards a business that can sustain us during this time?”

Logistically minded, his day job as a production manager for the past 21 years had Zito responsible for all aspects of a touring show including hiring the lighting and sound team, video crew and trucking. Zito then took these organizational skills into the kitchen. Zito’s logistics know-how combined with Christin’s expertise with a social media management company she launched during the pandemic had the pair merging their strengths to form Rock N Rollz Nashville.

“It was the perfect marriage. As [the company] grew, it told us what needed to happen for the business,” Christin says. “At the time we were just week by week, trying to figure it out.”

Since the end of May, the Zitos have made 14,300 rolls and now average orders of 1400 rolls a week. Every sourdough cinnamon roll is rolled by hand and hand frosted with salted vanilla buttercream, the very same frosting the couple made for themselves on Easter Sunday.

For every roll purchased, 50 cents goes to MusiCares, a non-profit that helps music industry professionals in times of need. The decision to give back to the music community was made early on in the formation of Rock N Rollz Nashville as the Zitos explain that

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Butterfly Garden launched in friendship

Friendship Senior Options Foundation honored the late Herb Demmel last week as they dedicated their new Butterfly Garden at Friendship Village Schaumburg in his memory.

Demmel, a longtime and much-beloved resident of the senior living community was a known volunteer, conservationist, land steward, and more. Demmel’s wish for the Butterfly Garden was fulfilled by a gift from his family to the Foundation after his death this spring. The Butterfly Garden is in the community’s Secret Garden.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

Over the 17 years that he lived at Friendship Village, Demmel gave generously of his time as a very active volunteer. During an interview in 2016, Demmel said that having worked professionally during evening hours for many years, he had determined that he had free time during daylight hours to volunteer.

“It gave me a way to meet a lot of people and be outdoors, which I like,” he said.

Demmel was responsible for the installation and much of the maintenance of Friendship Village’s koi ponds. He worked extensively in Friendship Woods, adjacent to Friendship Village. There, he cleared weeds and nonnative trees and plants, planted wildflowers, and gave nature walk lectures to residents and associates. Demmel also planned and funded the clearing of the woods at the entranceway to Friendship Village. He was also a volunteer at the Kane County Forest Preserve. Demmel received a certificate of appreciation from Friendship Village’s Land Stewardship Committee and was the 2017 Schaumburg Volunteer of the Year.

During the dedication event for the garden last week, a sign was installed, reading,” The butterfly garden is a parting gift from a longtime friend and resident Herb Demmel; an advocate and generous supporter of land stewardship at Friendship Village, dedicated to the great care of the wooded areas of our property and preserving nature for all residents to enjoy.”

“We are always so grateful for the generosity of donors to the Foundation, which supports seniors and those who serve them,” said Karen Kay, director of Friendship Senior Options Foundation. “This gift from the Demmel family will continue to positively impact the lives of residents at Friendship Village through the beautiful Butterfly Garden, while also serving as a lovely memorial to Herb.”

Friendship Senior Options Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charity. The Foundation is built upon three pillars that drive its mission: Benevolence, education and the arts, and capital improvements. For information, on the Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.FriendshipSeniorOptions.org/foundation, email [email protected] or call (847) 884-5700.

Friendship Village is a leading Life Plan retirement community offering independent living garden homes and apartment homes, as well as assisted living, memory support, skilled nursing care, and short- and long-term rehabilitation services. For more than 40 years, Friendship Village has been providing Chicago area seniors with exceptional retirement living options. For additional information, visit www.FriendshipVillage.org

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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Complimentary Interior Design Hong Kong Service Launched By BoConcept Hong Kong

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The best HK furniture Store – BoConcept Hong Kong offers free, no obligation interior design consultations that are perfect if you don’t know where to start when thinking about designing or redesigning the interiors of your Hong Kong apartment.

Taking advantage of the free BoConcept interior design services available in-store at all Hong Kong branches enables you to enhance the interior of your home without spending a fortune on overpriced interior design consultants. There are many benefits to taking up a no-obligation booking with one of the interior design team members, and their help is especially useful if you don’t know where to start when thinking about designing or redesigning the interiors of your home. For more information on BoConcept visit https://www.boconcept.com/en-hk/interior-design-service

While for some people, making over their home can be a very fun and creative thing to do, many others will struggle with the task and can quickly feel overwhelmed by the challenge. This is why it pays you to have an informal talk with a professional interior designer about your home and what you want it to look and feel like. Whether you are looking to have a major overhaul of your interior rooms or you simply want to refresh just one room in your house, booking a chat with one of the BoConcept interior designers will get you off to a good start. Your home is very much a reflection of your personality, taste and style, so you must choose a designer that listens to what you want.

By working with an experienced BoConcept interior designer they will make sure that your personal tastes are reflected in your design. This means you will be guaranteed to end up with an interior design layout that fits your lifestyle and will remain strikingly beautiful for years to come. To learn more about BoConcept head to https://www.boconcept.com/en-hk/interior-design-service

The great thing about choosing to work with a BoConcept designer is that they can help you to make just a few simple tweaks to your interior design by changing just a few key elements. This can help to keep your makeover costs down while giving your home a whole new look and feel. Whether you are looking for a few on-trend changes to revive a tired-looking room, or you want to completely re-design a room to give it a brand-new function, having an experienced interior designer on hand to guide you will prove to be invaluable.

An important element of working with an interior designer is that you get exactly what you need and not what the designers think you need. When you work with a BoConcept designer you can get everything from simple style advice for coordinating a room to an in-depth service that includes a personal mood board, 3D visualizations of a home, a visit to your home to take measurements, product samples, and more.

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Newly launched Veilish fabric window film combining convenience and design with privacy

The ease of both installation and removal is the biggest advantage of Veilish fabric film for windows. Air bubbles forming during application were the main issue of all PVC-vinyl films that were widely used in the past. However, as Veilish is made of fabric, it completely prevents air bubble formation. Furthermore, it can be cut into desired shapes and sizes and used like a sticker. It adheres strongly to the surface but does not leave any residue after removal. Thanks to the simple method of application, there is no need for using a professional installer, and since it can be easily used by anyone, the user’s level of satisfaction is high.

Veilish also allows for a wide range of applications in terms of design. It is a fabric giving a natural feeling that can create not only luxurious interiors, but as it is printable, it allows anyone to create their desired patterns. Veilish interior film has obtained HP Latex certification and is compatible with HP Latex printers. In addition to HP Latex, it can be printed with solvent, UV, and offset inks making it possible to freely create any design you want.

SIPOS, the brand that developed Veilish, aims for a corporate value of the challenge to add uniqueness to your surroundings under “Dress Your Space” motto. Parker, the director of Sipos said, “As seen from the company’s motto, our customers are able to both protect their privacy and being creative while using our newest product Veilish” and added “Veilish’s goal is to help people of all ages create their own designs to dress up their space in the most convenient way”. Veilish has received enthusiastic reviews globally and is actively being sold all over the world.

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