PRESS & AWARDS
The Directors of Sankalp have maintained Sankalp’s status as one of Indian’s largest restaurant chain by simply offering fresh and flavorful food with impeccable service and fair prices.
With over 50 outlets found in the bustling cities of India, Sankalp has been awarded twice the Times Food Award for Best South Indian Restaurant by the Times of India (2008 and 2009), while Sankalp’s innovative side has landed it in The Guinness Book of World Records for preparing the world’s largest Dosa, not once, but three times; 25-feet in 1996, 30-feet in 2006 and a staggering 32-feet in 2009.
Sankalp can be found in Indian cities such as Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mt. Abu, Nathdwara, Nagpur, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Anand, Bharuch, Rajkot, Bhavnagar, Gandhidham, and Bhuj amongst others.
In the US, Sankalp currently operates in New Jersey and will soon open branches in Ohio and New York.
PRESS RELEASE June 25th
June 25, 2010, New Jersey: On any given night, there is a waiting line outside of the newly opened Sankalp in Edison, NJ, and the restaurant has barely been open one month. That’s because Indian-Americans familiar with the 50+ franchise chain spread throughout Gujarat and South India are already part of the cult-like following of this vegetarian restaurant.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. (from Left to Right) Vishnu Patel, Suresh Patel, Pat Diegnan, Upendra Chivukula, Mayor Charles Butrico, Peter Barnes, Peter Kothari and Chander Sarvagyam.“The dosas taste just like they do back in India. I’m from Udaipur and we used to eat at Sankalp all the time,” says regular diner Sunita Basu. “Now when I feel homesick, I just come here.”
But guests of Sankalp can expect more than just dosas and idlis at the popular chain. In the US, Sankalp is divided into two distinct dining experiences: Sankalp which is pure vegetarian South Indian cuisine and Sankalp Multi Cuisine which offers North Indian including Tandoori, South Indian and Pan-Asian dishes which are both vegetarian, non-vegetarian and Halal.
“We thought that customers here in America would want more variety in their dining experience,” explains Suresh Patel, CEO of Prayosha Restaurant Group, Master Franchisee of Sankalp USA. “This way when we open another franchise, we can tailor the cuisine to fit the people of the surrounding areas.”
Sankalp is a dedication to using only the freshest ingredients coupled with their fragrant homemade spices.
Receiving the Proclamation from Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula’s Office. (from Left to Right) Vince George, Mayor Charles Butrico, Vishnu Patel, Chander Sarvagyam, Suresh Patel, Peter Barnes, Pat Diegnan, Upendra Chivukula and Peter Kothari.Sankalp USA General Manager Vince George adds, “We are also committed to keeping our dishes healthy so we use only pure Canola oil and never any artificial colors.”Sankalp, the first of which opened in South Plainfield, NJ was also the site of the franchise’s Grand Opening celebration on Friday, June 25th. The kick off marked the official expansion of India’s first chain restaurant in the US. The celebration consisted of a Ribbon Ceremony followed by a lavish gourmet dinner specially created for this occasion. The ribbon was cut by leading local dignitaries such as the Mayor of South Plainfield, Mr. Charles F. Butrico, Jr., Assemblyman District 18, Mr. Peter J. Barnes, III, Assemblyman District 18, Mr. Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman District 17, Mr. Upendra J. Chivukula, Community Leader Peter Kothari, Suresh Patel, President of Prayosha Restaurant Group, Vishnu Patel,and Vince George. Mr. Chivukula additionally presented Sankalp an official State Proclamation marking the Grand Opening Date as the official start of the franchise’s US presence. In attendance where a number of local business leaders such as Prabhu Patel, Dilip Mehta, Raj Uppal, Anisa and Raj Balwani, George Cholenkeryil, Jaswant Mody, amongst others.The Proclamation.The Directors of Sankalp have maintained Sankalp’s status as one of Indian’s largest restaurant chains for the past 30 years by offering fresh and flavorful food with impeccable service and fair prices. Now, the renowned chain is preparing to penetrate the American food market both with the South Asian community and the mainstream by following the same equation.Sankalp is more than just a restaurant. It has been awarded twice the Times Food Award for Best South Indian Restaurant by the Times of India (2008 and 2009), while Sankalp’s innovative side has landed it in The Guinness Book of World Records for preparing the world’s largest dosa, not once, but three times; 25-feet in 1996, 30-feet in 2006 and a staggering 32-feet in 2009.In the US, Sankalp currently operates in New Jersey and will soon open branches in Ohio and New York. Photo Credit: Januarie JoubertExterior of South Plainfield’s Sankalp
Guests at the Grand Opening
- Guests at the Grand Opening
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