Opening: A tantalising treat for your taste buds

Karachi's Hot n Spicy opens at Pindi’s Food Street.

Momina Sibtain July 19, 2011


Paratha Roll, tamarind chutney, spicy manchurian and all that desi deliciousness of Karachi Hot n Spicy has made its way to Rawalpindi.

One of the owners of the new franchise, Gul Malik, said he “fell in love” the moment he tried the paratha roll at Karachi Hot n Spicy BBQ in Karachi. “I knew in a heartbeat that this is something that needs to come to Pindi.” Being a restaurateur in London and Europe, while also managing a steel mill, Malik did not have much time to start his venture. But in 2008, after the launch of the eatery in Lahore, Malik and his partners Nabeel Mughal and Nabeel Sheikh - the former dealing in petrol pump business and the latter belonging to a political family - got their act together and started working on the project.

After almost two years of being in talks with the Lahore branch owners, the three entrepreneurs finally made their venture become a reality at the Food Street in Rawalpindi on Sunday. Malik’s love affair with the paratha roll has deemed beneficial to Islamabad and Rawalpindi and the many Karachi Hot n Spicy lovers as they now have an outlet where this ‘delicacy’ is readily available.

“We chose Rawalpindi as a suitable option because of the population density and the food street is always packed even on weekdays,” said Malik. “It is essential to our business that our name gets out and people are attracted to the outlet,” he added.

The actual launch saw close friends and family members driving out from Islamabad to support the venture and enjoy the spiciness that the eatery stands by. After a tantalising meal, Malik informed his guests that home delivery will be launched right after Ramzan.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2011.


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