Riyaaz Amlani warns of risks to F&B industry due to the lockdown

Riyaaz Amlani, CEO & MD of Impresario Handmade Restaurants on why the restaurant industry in India is in peril – with or without coronavirus

Running a restaurant is no mean task. Though it may seem glamorous, especially with all the #foodgasm posts on Instagram, many restaurateurs have actually been bleeding money. The operational cost is high, while margins are low. In fact, coronavirus is not the first blow but possibly the final blow to this industry, believe experts. One of them is Riyaaz Amlani, CEO, Impresario Handmade Restaurants, which operates restaurant chains including Social, Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Café and Mocha. In this candid interview, the veteran restaurateur takes us through the underlying problems of the F&B sector, impact of the COVID-19 lockdown and what lies ahead for the industry in these testing times.