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When Sanjay Singh Chand arrived in Canada in 2018, he did not consider running a restaurant of his own until he realized how much he craved freedom, which he could not get while working for someone else.
Working for an Indian restaurant for 12 to 14 hours per day, Chand also soon realized he could not get a sense of job satisfaction from the monotonous schedule in the workplace.
The idea of venturing into his own restaurant then sparked in his mind.
“You can do whatever you want to and decide everything yourself.”
Being an entrepreneur him Chand to pursue his dream and the freedom to create different cuisines.
Khas Patti, founded by Chand and his wife Rinki Chand, has been open since July 31. The name of the restaurant refers to a region on the northern side of his home country.
The 34-year-old chef’s dedication originates from the deep roots of hospitality his family provided when he embarked on his apprenticeship in culinary arts in 2004 while still in India. His perspective on business and cuisine was formed by his upbringing, when he learned to value quality over quantity.
The establishment that Chand is building is intended to be a place where patrons can unwind with their loved ones and enjoy good food and service.
“I’ve seen so many Indian restaurants until now that don’t have any experience,” he said. “As an immigrant to this country, you must have the rich knowledge you are good at.”
If you don’t fix your mindset when you are starting a business in the culinary field, you are in peril of failure, he added.
From planning to executing, operating a business is challenging for everyone, especially when you are a first-time restaurant owner in a foreign country. Chand sometimes finds it hard to cater to the spectrum of customer tastes, which vary in terms of spice levels, along with managing supplies and revenues, which he had never considered when he was an employee.
Although adapting to an environment without family nearby, Chand is grateful that his wife of two years supports him along the journey.
“If it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have succeeded.”
To Chand, this is more than a business merely about monetizing, it is also about his heritage and the promotion of Indian food culture.
Rather than serving a tourist spot with an ever-changing source of customers, the resident of Niagara Falls chose to shift his business to 219 St. Paul St. in downtown St. Catharines.
His anticipates expansion of the venture and the beginning of a couple of chains after the restaurant has been on track.
Khas Patti is open seven days a week, Monday to Thursday noon to 11 p.m. and Friday to Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight. Check out more of its social media for updates about the upcoming grand opening.
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