What is an ideal place for hanging out with friends or chilling out with your cousins??? It’s ideally a bar where you get a great ambiance for a party or a cafe where you get a chilled atmosphere and good food. However, what if, you get a combination of both??? Such is the concept of Josh- The High Energy Bar, and The Market Place. The owner Shivam Sehgal synchronizes the Vibes of a bar and cafe to provide wholesome satisfaction to customers. Interview Times had a great conversation with Shivam Sehgal and hgot to know more about Josh.
This is how the interview went-
Can you brief about yourself to our readers?
I have always been a very outgoing person, and I have always enjoyed trying out new places to eat. I am identified as a passionate foodie & an avid management geek who believes in understanding the audience’s palate. Moreover, I love to paint their plates by creating memorable dining experiences. Also, I am someone who never gave up on my dreams to be where I am today.
When did you open Josh-The High Energy Bar and The Market Place?
I have always been a foodie, and it was in my college days when I decided to open my restaurant. I opened both these restaurants in the recent past, and I have received great responses. Sure, the restaurants’ ideas were different and one of its kind, but it was a big question if the audience would appreciate the concept. However, I am overwhelmed with satisfied customer feedback.
What was the idea behind opening a bar cum restaurant?
People usually go to a couple of places to have food with friends or family. They are a restaurant or cafe with good food and a casual vibe or a bar with not so happening food but an exciting vibe. My main objective was to provide them with a place with both the vibes combined and synchronized perfectly together for that wholesome fulfillment.
How has been the journey, Josh, so far?
It’s been four months since Josh was started, and the journey has been a memorable one. From the start till now, even in the covid era, our guests have indeed shown how much they love us! It’s been an impeccable journey, worth looking back to!
The pandemic hit every industry hard. However, restaurants were among the worst affected ones. How did your restaurant cope up with the initial months of strict lockdown?
At Josh, we make sure whoever enters the restaurant is wearing a mask, and they are completely sanitized, and their body temperature is officially recorded. Therefore, be it our staff or guests, we make sure they are socially distant. Moreover, for that, we have made a special seating arrangement. Every day we push ourselves to make Josh the safest place to dine in Josh. The sales right now aren’t the way they were before the pandemic, but we were hoping to see a push as things are getting better
Now we are slowly revisiting our normal days, as people have started coming out. So has there been an upward shift to your business in recent days?
Yes, we have guests every day, but the sales aren’t what they looked like before the pandemic. We are putting in all efforts, taking all precautions, and even introducing lucrative offers. Still, the hospitality industry will get back on track only after a decline in the corona cases.
You collaborated with lots of NGO’s and served food for the needy in dire pandemic time. Was it difficult financially as your restaurant was also going through a tough phase?
It was a little tricky, but like it’s said, where there’s a will, there’s away! We live in our homes with our families and have almost every essential thing we need to live. Many people don’t have families, clothes, or cannot get even one meal a day. I believe it’s essential to think about others, especially in a pandemic.
What motivated you to keep on helping the poor people at times of needy?
This motivation comes from within. When I see someone suffering, and in need, I have to help them no matter what. I’ve been to nursing homes, orphanages, and even served food to those living on the streets. Seeing the happy tears in their eyes and the joy in their heart is probably what pushes me to help the people more and more.
Do you have any plans to make your restaurant a franchise and expand in and outside Delhi/NCR?
Yes, we do. Like before the pandemic, opening restaurants in South Delhi and Gurugram are in the pipeline. It will be delayed a bit after seeing the market’s current situation but will be happening in the next 2-3 years for sure.