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Karan Tanna | 29
Founder & CEO, Yellow Tie Hospitality
Category: Food & Hospitality
Karan Tanna did not always aim to be a restaurateur. An automobile engineer from Sardar Patel University in Anand, Gujarat, he has worked with General Motors India at its Halol plant in Gujarat, and McKinsey & Company in Mumbai and Delhi. He even started his own multi-brand automobile service and repair chain, Car Pluss, in Ahmedabad, in 2012.
But despite the many jobs and private ventures, it was the restaurant business that always fascinated Tanna, thanks to childhood memories of his parents running a small restaurant for a few years in the family’s hometown of Veraval in Gujarat.
Between 2012 and 2015, Tanna helped scale up a Parsi restaurant chain called Goodies, started a bakery called FlourBox, and expanded a fast-food chain called Kutchi King from 18 to 200 outlets; all these ventures were spread across Gujarat.
Finally, in December 2015, he co-founded Yellow Tie Hospitality Franchise Management LLP, which manages and ramps up food and beverage (F&B) brands in India. Among his clients are US-based Genuine Broaster Chicken (GBC), Twist of Tadka and BB Jaan (the last two in association with chef Harpal Singh Sokhi); also in the pipeline is Tanna’s in-house F&B chain brand Dhadoom, which is yet to be launched.
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(This story appears in the 17 February, 2017 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)