Global Restaurant Investment Forum

25-27 February 2019 – NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, Amsterdam


25-27 February 2019 – Amsterdam

GRIF Society in Nairobi - Culinary Tour

1 October 2018

At Le Grenier à Pain, Nyama Mama, Seven Seafood and Grill & Mercado


GRIF Nairobi Culinary Tour Agenda

Nairobi Culinary Tour - 1st October 2018

Experience some of Nairobi’s culinary hot spots and hear from the people behind the businesses: how they came up with the concept, their experiences in developing and running a restaurant business in Kenya, and where they see opportunities for growth.

10:30 - 10:45

Arrival & Registration

Le Grenier à Pain, 9 Riverside Drive, Westlands

10:45 - 11:00

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines – Managing Director Middle East , Bench Events; Co-Founder, GRIF

11:00 - 12:00

Le Grenier à Pain

9 Riverside Drive, Westlands

Hear about Yan Welffens’ journey in bringing an international French Bakery chain to Africa for the first time. What are the challenges for franchises in the Kenyan market, how can these be overcome? Where are the opportunities for development?

Talk and Q&A with:

Yan Welffens – Managing Director, Le Grenier a Pain Kenya

12:30 - 13:30

Nyama Mama

Delta Towers, Westlands

Nyama Mama is a fun, modern day African roadside diner with an eclectic twist on locally inspired home-style African cuisine. Find out how the award-winning concept came to life, how it differentiates itself from other restaurants in the market, and the growth strategy for the Good Earth Group’s portfolio of brands.
Talk and Q&A with:

Ninaa Shanghavi – Director, The Good Earth Group

Jayesh Shanghavi – Director, The Good Earth Group

Lesiamon Sempele – Executive Chef, Nyama Mama Delta

14:00 - 14:30

Java House & 360 Pizza

ABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands

Starting off as a single Nairobi coffee shop, Java house has grown to become a restaurant chain of over 70 outlets in Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. What are the main challenges in scaling a brand in the region? What are the company’s plans for international expansion?
Talk and Q&A with:

Paul Smith – Chief Executive Officer, Java House Africa

14:30 - 15:30

Seven Seafood & Grill

ABC Place, Waiyaki Way, Westlands

Experience one of Nairobi’s finest seafood restaurants, created by Kenya’s first Celebrity Chef. Hear about Kiran Jethwa’s journey from running a successful restaurant to rolling out a grab-and-go concept, while starring in award-winning TV shows to showcase the world’s best food ingredients.
Talk and Q&A with:

Kiran Jethwa – Executive Head Chef & Co-Owner, Seven Seafood & Grill

16:00 - 17:00

Mercado – Mexican Kitchen and Bar

Terrace (T) Floor, South Wing, Kenrail Towers, Westlands

Mercado is the story of two adventurous brothers from Kenya who got their inspiration from a small town in Mexico and saw the opportunity to fill a gap in Nairobi’s culinary offering. Hear about their experience in developing their own concept, the challenges they faced along the way, and other exciting plans they have in shaking up Nairobi’s F&B scene.
Talk and Q&A with:

Dil Patel – Director, Jit Group & Owner, Mercado

Jigar Patel – Director, Jit Group & Owner, Mercado