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Amar Ohri
Amar Ohri

Restaurateur Amar Ohri gives away the USP of his group – creativity and a penchant to be different

Amar Ohri bustles around the newly-opened ‘Havmor -70MM’ at Jalvihar on Necklace Road checking whether cutlery is in place, the starters are spicy, and the menu is to everyone’s taste. “The restaurant had a soft launch last week. There are a few minor irritants to be looked into and once they are done, it will be fully open to public on Friday,” he enthuses. Walk around the restaurant, and it is a Hindi movie-buff’s dream come true. “Some will come here for food and others for the magic of movies,” says the executive director of Ohri’s group. We are sitting in the vamp zone with a golden statue of dancing queen Helen striking a pose. “I like the zone where we have the Big B’s image,” he says. But, why only Bollywood as a theme and nothing on the Telugu film industry? “Bollywood is bigger and has a larger impact on the audience. Next time, when we are doing a restaurant where we celebrate the film industry, elements from Telugu films will be there,” he promises

You would think that with 18 brands in their kitty, Amar and his father Ravi Ohri, chairman of the group would have enough on their hands to keep them busy. But they are already planning their next venture. “Dad is very creative, so am I. We also believe that people of all strata enjoy a little glamour in their lives. We target foodies who are adventurous, love to eat out and have a good time,”

When Ravi Ohri, was running his brick unit in Punjab, a business trip brought him to Hyderabad and he got fascinated by the hospitality industry, thanks to hotel Kamat. Amar with a management degree from abroad followed his father’s footsteps to take charge of taste buds. The Ohri’s group came into existence in the ’80s and today it has restaurants following the same mantra spread at the major hotspots of the city - A variety in food choices and different ambience. From Guffa, Silver Metro to the newly-launched ‘1857’ (a restro bar with a colonial feel) Ohri’s has been enticing guests with a dash of adventure. “Customer is the king for us. There have been instances where in we changed our policy to suit our guests’ pockets. At Jiva (on the Raj Bhavan road), people had a grouse that the buffet pricing was exorbitant and the dishes were less. We reduced the price and increased the items,” he cites an example. The father and son duo is busy with the plan of launching three more outlets at Hi-tech city. For now, Amar, the doting daddy is preoccupied with his twins – Aadhar and Suhana. “It’s two months since they were born but it feels like yesterday. I could be very stressed out while working but when I return home and look at their tiny toes and large watery eyes, I feel relaxed and raring to go.”

NEERAJA MURTHY

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