Meet San Francisco Bay area’s Tava India Kitchen’s Hasnain Zaidi, Chief Operating Officer. In this interview Zaidi shares the back story of how Tava was born and what kind of food they serve. We also find out if they were inspired by the success of Chipotle, the restaurant chain that serves Mexican food.

Tava is a casual restaurant chain that serves Indian food, and is often compared to Chipotle. Vijay Brihmadesam, Jason Pate and Zaidi are the founders of the restaurant chain. All three of them met while studying at Duke University.

The idea for starting Tava was born on a flight when Brihmadesam and Pate got talking about food options in the Bay area, especially Indian food. They roped in Zaidi and started working on their concept and also worked at Chipotle to get hands-on experience of working in a restaurant. They decided to start the restaurant in San Francisco Bay area rather than the East Coast, which is where all three of them were working. In 2012 they started their first restaurant in Palo Alto and now have a branch is San Francisco and San Jose. Earlier this year Tava raised $4.5 million in Series A funding.

This interview was aired on TV in San Francisco Bay area.




These are interesting times in the San Francisco Bay area when it comes to food and technology innovations. We spoke to 3 different entrepreneurs from the food and wine industry to find out about their journey.

In this video we bring you highlights of our interviews with Mathew Sade of Kite Hill, who shares how their startup has created cheese out of almond milk and how they got the idea to do this. Trial lawyer Theodora Lee shares her story of how and why she became a winemaker in Northern California’s Mendocino county. And Hasnain Zaidi shares why he left his job at high-end consulting company and travelled  to Silicon Valley to become part of Tava Indian Kitchen, a food startup that just landed their Series of  $4.5 million.

These  interviews will air in various TV stations in San Francisco Bay area. You can watch them on my YouTube channel.