November 30, 2018
The Iconic American Bar & Grill Experience of Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill, known for its legendary authentic Culinary Heritage and its strong artisan based Craft Culture in food and beverages, is all set to open its second restaurant in India on November 25th in Kolkata at Swabhumi.
L-R: Mr. Frederick Houston – Franchisee Operation For UNO, Mr. Parthiv Neotia – Director UNO Chicago Bar & Grill, Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia – Chairperson Ambuja Neotia Group, Mr. Ashish Chanana – CEO UNO Chicago Bar & Grill
The generously spaced 250 cover restaurant is spread over three floors and has been designed to deliver Eat-entrainment driven Smart Dining for the entire Family through pairing of Cuisine, Bar, Music & Entertainment. The Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill India restaurant, is located at Swabhumi, which is a comprehensive recreational center that resonates the charm of Kolkata’s heritage.
Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill’s entry in India coincides with its 75 years of successful global operations. Being a pioneer in this segment, Uno® is bringing its legacy of their creation – the Deep Dish Pizza and a signature Nuevo American Cuisine deeply mindful of wellness and hand crafted excellence. The first restaurant was launched earlier this month in Noida and is followed by openingof flagship Uno® restaurants in Kolkata & Bengaluru.
The Uno® story began in Chicago in 1943 when Ike Sewell developed deep dish pizza and opened a new type of restaurant at the corner of Ohio & Wabash. It was here that Ike served a pizza unlike any that had been served before. Today, Uno® still draws its identity and inspiration from the artisan heritage of the original. Each restaurant including the ones in India would make their dough and preparations fresh every morning.
The mission in India, has been to re-create a restaurant experience which is fun and welcoming, where the dining experience is relaxed, casual and family friendly as the brand places great emphasis on great food, excellent hospitality and service, powered by freshest ingredients and artisanal craft quality of food and beverages. Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill India prides itself in being inclusive and welcoming for all generations – from the young at heart to millennials and kids as well as having a committed ingrained value of Sustainability within its restaurants.
The brand is powered by a dedicated and passionate team of seasoned F&B professionals having a collective experience of over 175 man years across the diverse Indian F&B sector. Best in Class Chefs and Culinary Experts from Uno® Global and Uno® India have collaborated to bring unmatched Core Food & Beverage Offer incorporating freshest and highest quality ingredients.
An intensive planning process ensued over a year, involving some of the best advisors in the industry to optimize the Uno® Concept for India and Indians. At the heart of Uno® India operations is commitment to sustainability, which is followed through strict policy of zero plastic use within restaurant, adopting sustainable principles followed for cooking oil and solid waste management within all restaurants apart from using only takeaway collaterals, which are made from Bio Degradable material.
The menu for Indiahas been carefully curated and optimised to appeal to the contemporary Indian customer. While the brand were the Inventors of the Deep Dish Pizza the menu is very evolved and servesa number of UNO® signature dishes right from Appetizers, Entrees, Salads, Grills & Desserts.
Some of Uno® signature dishes that define the culinary excellence and artisan heritage of the brand include fresh Saladssuch asUno® Power Salad and Crispy Honey Chicken. In Appetizers the extremely popular Pizza Skins has been on the menu for over 21 years apart from including Spinach and Artichoke Dip, Chipotle Cottage Cheese Skewers, Spicy Calamari, Chicken meatballs, Chipotle Chicken Skewers, Rock Prawn Dynamite.
The Entreesand Grills section includes an eclectic mix of ingredients and flavours in creations such as Spinach Cottage Cheese Steak, Crusted Chicken Parmesan and Grilled Lemon Basil Salmon. The all-time favourites in Pastas include the signature Rattlesnake Fettuccine Pasta, ChickenSpinocolli® Pasta and Prawn Scampi Pasta.
The authentic Deep Dish Pizza is a star on the menu and the Indian restaurant brings the widest selection of the same for its customers in the country including – Farmers Market, Uno Cheese & Tomato, The Blazing Hot, BBQ Roasted Mushroom, Numero Uno, Prima Pepperoni and Chicago Meat Market.
For lovers of signature Thin Crust Pizzas, there are two variants on the menu. On one hand is the famous Chicago Thin Crust which includes options such as Uno Veggie Extravaganza, Northside Cheese, Windy City Works, Classic American BBQ, Spicy Hawaiian and Super Roni. On the other hand is the Super Thin Crust range of pizza including the eclectic Gourmet, Caprese, Jamaican Jerk Chicken and Chicago West Loop variants.
For those in love with Burgers, there is an interesting selection to choose from including ones like Wild WildWest Burger, PeriPeri Cottage Cheese Burger, Whisky Chicken Melt Burger and Aged Cheddar Mushroom & Chicken Burger. Uno is famous for its specialised Kids menu which has many stars including the Classic all-time favourite Mac & Cheese and Build your Own Kids Pizza. Meals are completed with Dessertssuch as Tiramisu, Chocolate Brownies and the legendary “Insanely Large Chocolate Cake”.
Frederick Houston, Vice President, Franchisee Operations for Uno® Global says, “Uno's mission is to deliver big, bold flavors, rich, rewarding experiences and unbelievably delicious pizza and a range of other delectable menu creations. Globally, Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill is recognized for its fun and welcoming Chicago inspired environment. The dining experience is relaxed, casual and family friendly as the brand places great emphasis on hospitality and service. Uno® Restaurant Holdings Corporation also operates Uno Dué Go, a fast casual concept and Uno® Foods, a consumer packaged foods business.”
Uno® entered India through a master franchise agreement with Kolkata based Ambuja Neotia group and Dhunseri Petrochem to open and operate Uno® Chicago Bar & Grill outlets across India. Ambuja Neotia Group is among India’s leading and respected business enterprises with a diversified business portfolio spanning verticals of Housing, Corporate Offices, Retail and Realty Development, Hospitality, Healthcare, Education & incubation of new businesses led by the vision and leadership of Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia.
Says Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Chairman of Ambuja Neotia Group – “We were exploring a Pan India F&B play and Uno® was also exploring entry into Indian shores, on the back of its exceptional brand heritage and legendary dining experience. The partnership with Uno® presented itself as an excellent opportunity. Both Uno® and Ambuja Neotia Hospitality have thus embarked on a journey to create an exceptional smart dining experience in India.”
The Hospitality Vertical within Group Ambuja Neotia, owns and operates range of Resort, Boutique Hotels, Clubs on one hand including brands such as Ganga Kutir, Swissotel, AltAir, with a footprint across Eastern India. On the other hand it owns and operates a bouquet of Smart and Casual Dining restaurants, QSR chain and Delis (including brands such as The Orient, Sonar Tori, Tea Junction, Afraa Lounge, Afraa Creperie and Afraa Deli), the latest addition to which is UNO India.