Interview with Meherwan Irani (Chai Pani, Buxton Hall BBQ, Botiwalla, Spicewalla).
Capital At Play Podcast
A lively discussion with Meherwan Irani, co-founder of Chai Pani Restaurant Group (Chai Pani, Buxton Hall BBQ, Botiwalla, Spicewalla). Irani chats about his latest business venture (launched during the pandemic), creative intuition, business pivots, and how the pandemic is leveling the playing field.
This episode is brought to you by me, Susan Cooper. Because today is my birthday! For my birthday, I'd love for you to share my podcast on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you! You're the best. Welcome to Dinner Tonight Atlanta! I get it - there are too many great restaurants in Atlanta. That's why I'm going to decide for you. I’m taking you neighborhood by neighborhood, week by week through the restaurants of Atlanta. Nobody is paying me to do this (yet). I'm just here to help you decide where to go. This week we’re going to Downtown Decatur. Tonight we're going to Chai Pani at 406 W Ponce de Leon Ave. It's creative Indian street food. They also have classic thalis, platters and other spicy goodness on a Saturday night. Can't handle the spice? Enjoy a lassi or cold brew to cool you down. This is Susan Cooper and I just decided where you’re going to dinner tonight.
Chai Pani Restaurant Group recently sent five team members to India for twelve days, to get a true, deep understanding of the inspiration for Chai Pani, Indian street food. Three of the team members, Isaac, Andy and Gavin sat down with me to share why they went, what they learned, and how the trip impacted each of them both professionally and personally. In over a decade of serving restaurants, this is one of the coolest investments I've ever seen a restaurant make. This is such an incredible story, and we're so proud at Schedulefly to have the opportunity to share it. Enjoy...
Chai Pani Bartender/Server Carmelo Pampillonio talks mind blasting customers and a team that's like family
Restaurant Owners Uncorked - by Schedulefly
Carmelo has been in the restaurant business since he was fifteen years old. An artist and an active non-profit volunteer, Carmelo has thrived in the family environment at Chai Pani and has learned how to make special connections with customers and provide them "wow" experiences. Enjoy...
Episode 97: Meherwan Irani, Chai Pani Group (Live from the Highlands Food & Wine Festival)
The Southern Fork
What does authentic mean? And what is the responsibility of the consumer of the art versus that of the artist? I heard those discussions in my graduate school literature classes years ago, and really, they bear out in discussions of food as well. Case in point, this chat with Meherwan Irani, two-time James Beard chef semifinalist with five restaurants in Asheville, NC, Atlanta, and Decatur, GA. He made his name with Chai Pani in Asheville, which enthusiastically celebrates Indian street food, and so you don’t want to miss the part of this discussion where he explains some iconic dishes he serves. We chatted during the Highlands Food & Wine Festival on a day it was 38 degrees at noon, and he and his staff served a lamb chili to a crowd that went through 500 portions in under two hours. I’ll bet a lot of those people didn’t even ask what the name of the dish was, they’d just heard it was good. And for Irani, I bet that omission probably didn’t ruin his day. He sees his role, or at least a role he’s adopted, as that of ambassador for intense Indian flavors that are well-crafted but not intimidating. It’s the idea behind his newest venture, Spicewalla too, which aims to serve both chefs and home cooks and provide the freshness for the Indian spice pantry about which Irani is so passionate. It’s just another example of a man who is constantly considering his role in the communities he serves, in the larger idea of American cooking, and in continuing to create what he calls a “pop of something happening” in the way Indian food is being interpreted here. My South happily encompasses this too, and I am always at the ready to sop my plate of curry with a piece of naan.
Learning to craft a story for business success... Nathan sits down with Chef Meherwan Irani co-owner of Chai Pani Asheville, MG Road Lounge, Chai Pani Decatur, and yet to be opened Buxton Hall Barbecue for the 50th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in India, why he decided to transition from a lucrative real estate sales career to opening Chai Pani, how to develop a chef’s palate, why intention and follow through is all you need in life to succeed, why being in the moment is Meherwan's solution to balancing the work between three locations and family, and why being a good story teller is the key to Irani’s success. This episode was recorded at Mojo Coworking at 60 North Market Street in Downtown Asheville. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes to download to your listening devices each week and get caught up on past episodes! Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Asheville Facebook page here.