Mumbai-based Shraddha Bhansali recently made headlines after being featured in the Forbes India 30 under 30- 2018 list. This 25-year-old started her own restaurant two years back, and was recognised by Forbes for successfully achieving her dream.
Born and raised in Mumbai, Shraddha’s father is a businessman, and her mother is a homemaker. She was always fascinated with the art of cooking, and would carefully observe her mother when she cooked. She has learned tremendously from her mother, and was hugely inspired by her mother to open a restaurant.
After completing her schooling from Mumbai, Shraddha went to the US for further education. She pursued her graduation in Hospitality and Business Management from Boston University during the years 2010-2014.
Following her graduation from Boston University, Shraddha returned to India and started working in a five-star hotel. However, she had a dream of starting her own business, and she expressed this desire to her parents. They supported her decision, and she decided to quit her job.
After resigning from her job, Shraddha began her preliminary research before starting out on her own. Once she was confident about being able to manage her own business, she opened her first restaurant, Candy & Green, in Breach Candy, Mumbai. This project was financed by her father, and what is unique about her restaurant is that the ingredients used in food preparation are grown in the restaurant itself.
Built on 400 square feet, a variety of vegetables is grown on the restaurant roof. It is a vegetarian restaurant that provides Chinese, Italian, and Thai cuisine, apart from the traditional Indian food. Shraddha ensures proper hygiene is maintained in the restaurant, and the food menu is also changed on a seasonal basis.
The restaurant has become widely popular, and is also visited by film stars and other famous personalities. However, Shraddha wishes to start another restaurant which can also cater to the common man.
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