DineEquity, Inc., one of the world’s largest full service restaurant companies and the franchisor of two category leading brands, Applebee’s Grill + Bar and IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurants, on Thursday opened IHOP’s first restaurant in India. Kwals Catering Pvt Limited took the up the franchise of the 2100 sq ft. restaurant in Gurugram. They plan to open up IHOP in 19 more locations over the next decade. Along with IHOP. Kwals plans to bring another US-based food chain to India. The PotBelly Sandwich Shop.
“Potbelly Sandwich Shop is a subway sandwich brand and it is all about healthy food. The menu comprises of dishes like soups, salads and sandwiches.” says Mr Sameer Lamba, Managing Director, Kwals Group.
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Apart from the regular menu, Potbelly Sandwich Shop will also be offering a menu for diabetics and those who prefer gluten-free food as India has a very large population of diabetics and people suffering health related diseases which many restaurants do not pay much attention to.
“First Potbelly Sandwich Shop will be opening by the end of this year in South Delhi. The outlet will be spread across 700 sq.ft. In next five years, in Kwal’s plan to invest Rs 40 crore to aid the expansion plans to Potbelly.” adds Lamba.
The soups at PotBelly sandwich shop are well-known for being one of the go to comfort pick ups in the US. With options like Traditional Chilli, Broccoli and Cheddar and Chicken Noodle soups among others, we do not have a doubt that it will do well. The sandwiches also come in many varieties with customization options. Sandwiches also come in a skinny option that have 1/3 less meat and cheese than the regulars. You can also expect to find yummy smoothies, shakes and side like mac n cheese on the menu.
We can’t wait for this healthy chain to come to India!