NRAI launches New Chapter in Chandigarh appoints tricity restaurateur Sunveer Sondhi as Head

NRAI launches New Chapter in Chandigarh appoints tricity restaurateur

National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) the Indian Restaurant Industry’s premier association has launched its NRAI Chandigarh Chapter and appointed a young & dynamic restaurateur from tricity Sunveer Sondhi to head it. It is noteworthy that Sunveer Sondhi is Founder & CEO of La Pyramid Hospitalities Pvt. Ltd., the brand owners & franchisor of “Pyramid Café Lounge Bar”, “Pyramid Microbrewery”, “The ATM Bar”, “Pyramid Express” (Cloud kitchen) and “Easy Switch” (Frozen foods).

Commenting on his new role as Head of NRAI’s Chandigarh Chapter, Sunveer Sondhi said, “It is my honour to take up the responsibility as the Head of NRAI Chandigarh Chapter. The Indian Restaurant Industry is the worst hit due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Restaurant Owners, be of any size and capacity, are in need of support and guidance. Restaurants in North India are no exception. This is the time when all should unite under a banner.”

It is pertinent to mention here that NRAI founded in 1982 and headquartered in Delhi, as a leading association of the restaurant industry in India represents the interests of 500000+ restaurants across the country. The restaurant industry, with an annual turnover of ~INR 4.25 lakh crores is a significant player in the service segment, contributing over 2.1% to the GDP of India, and providing direct employment to over seven million Indians.

Rahul Singh, Trustee & Immediate Past President, NRAI said, “I am very happy and honoured to announce the launch of NRAI Chandigarh Chapter which will be spearheaded by Sunveer Sondhi. It was indeed long awaited for all of us as Chandigarh and Punjab are two extremely important regions for the restaurant sector; especially during today’s unprecedented times. I am sure, with excellent business acumen and result focused approach, Sunveer will bring success to the Chapter by leading and resolving pressing issues of the restaurant fraternity.”

Adds Sondhi, “My first effort as the Head of NRAI Chandigarh Chapter would be to personally interact and bring as many (organized) restaurant owners under the banner of NRAI. Secondly, to put forth Restaurant Industry’s concerns with respective Government departments and try seek breathers urgently required by the industry. Third and very important aspect would be conducting seminars and knowledge sessions with the industry experts for the Restaurant Owners to seek advice on how to deal with the on-going phase. The phase where-in many owners are feeling depressed and are in need of a breather. I believe that wisdom shared by the experts can do wonders. For the exchange of knowledge & experience, I propose fortnightly and monthly online seminars”

Sums up Sunveer, “In tricity and North India the industry needs to be rejuvenated quickly as many small & mid-size restaurants might not be even in a position to reopen due to the financial stress these have been subjected to due to the lock-down. Apart from snatching livelihood of many, the lock-down has created existential problems for owners too. A silver lining is that under Unlock 1 restaurants will soon be allowed to reopen under a standard operating procedure which will be promulgated by the central government.”

About Sunveer Sondhi, Head of NRAI Chandigarh Chapter

Sunveer is the Founder & CEO of La Pyramid Hospitalities Pvt. Ltd., the brand owners and franchisor of Pyramid Café Lounge Bar, Pyramid Microbrewery, The ATM Bar, Pyramid Express (Cloud Kitchen) and Easy Switch (Frozen foods). The tech savvy dynamic young man, started his entrepreneur journey in his teens. With his business sense and great leadership qualities backed by sixteen years of multi-country hospitality experience, leads the team in floatation and operations of Lounges, Microbreweries and Cloud kitchens in Northern States of India.

About National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI)

National Restaurant Association of India is the voice of the Indian Restaurant Industry. Founded in 1982, it represents the interests of 500000+ restaurants, an industry valued INR 4,23,865 crores. Being the leading association of the Indian restaurant industry, NRAI aspires to promote and strengthen the Indian Food Service Sector. The association in its 37th year has a pan India presence with members comprising of restaurants and suppliers.

NRAI is governed by a committee of members and led by a President and Office Bearers. The committee consists of over 35 Restaurant CEOs / Owners representing various national and international brands from the F &B sector. The association works closely with a network of State and City chapter partners in Mumbai, Gurugram, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Delhi and Noida and will open new chapters in others cities soon. The Chapter activities include:

  • Ground work and action pertaining to government issues and representations.
  • Facilitate the exchange of knowledge & experience.
  • Provide support in the overall development of the association

Our Vision

NRAI aspires to lead the Indian Restaurant Industry to greater profitable growth. It represents the interests of members through advocacy, training, research and industry events.

NRAI aims to

  • Advocate changes in the laws governing the Indian Restaurant Industry at local, state and centre levels.
  • Provide opportunities to educate members.
  • Play a key role in promoting skilling and career opportunities for industry professionals through the Hospitality Sector Skill Council.

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