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Know this young entrepreneur running café in Srinagar and his appetite for success

Last Updated on May 24, 2022 at 1:33 pm

A lot of successful food business stories are coming up from entire India that has pushed up young entrepreneurs to run their venture. One such example comes from Kashmir where an engineer turned entrepreneur is leaving no stone unturned to tickle customer’s taste buds.

Shahid Khan, from Srinagar runs his cafe ‘The Black Vintage’ at Radio colony Rajbagh which has attracted a lot of people through the quality food with touch of culture.

Shahid told Greater Kashmir that he had a lot of interest in the food sector but his life took a different turn when he thought to open a café in valley.

He said that around a year back his grandmother fell sick and he had to stay back home and halt all his plans as he resided outside Kashmir for over 14 years.

“I was very attached to my Grandmother; it was her idea that I do something here without leaving the valley. Otherwise, I had a job and I was associated with modelling. My grandmother who later passed away become the inspiration for me to start the entrepreneurship based in Kashmir,” Shahid said.

Shahid said that due to competition in the valley in this sector he always thought of doing something different so he kept his café connected with the roots of Kashmiri culture like Poetry, art, handicraft, and other things. He further added that his café has multiple cuisines and customers feel the presence of art and Kashmir culture and added that the tables of the café are made from Deodar wood with calligraphy of Kashmir poetry on it.

 Shahid added that he has equally focused on the quality of food and service. “Our Indian, continental cuisine is very much liked by our customers. We do our best to give the best tandoori, Kashmiri kababs, and healthy soups. Our Pizzas and coffee have made their mark in a short journey of 9 months of our restaurant,” he said.

Shahid said that when he entered in this business, he had to face lot of hardships but he never stopped believing in himself. He had struggled in developing a business plan, searching for the best chefs, and then executing the whole idea. Shahid said that he took guidance from experts of the food industry, and social media to grow. 

Shahid left his stable job and life outside Kashmir and now has turned into a successful entrepreneur.