New-age Hote­lier

Vipul Dua, 35, Founder and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Ped­dlers

India Today - - COVER STORY -

As a 12-year-old, Vipul Dua read some­where that Cance­ri­ans are true hote­liers. To ful­fill what he dreamt as a child, Dua opened a retro chic night spot – Ped­dlers in Sec­tor 35, Chandigarh that grad­u­ally be­came Chandigarh’s favourite hang­out des­ti­na­tion. As of now Ped­dlers have five branches – three in Chandigarh, one in Am­rit­sar and an­other in Lud­hi­ana. Ped­dlers Pa­tiala is go­ing to be launched soon. SMART CHOICE Be­ing an English pub that plays live mu­sic and gives plat­form to a lot of up­com­ing singers and bands is what even­tu­ally made Ped­dlers pick up as a con­cept. Dua says, “We de­voted a day each to dif­fer­ent bands and they per­formed live ev­ery day. If a Wed­nes­day was ded­i­cated to Gur­nazar Live, Thurs­day was all about Swastik Band’s per­for­mance. These bands range from Bol­ly­wood to sufi, retro etc.”

PLAN B The re­cent liquor ban had ev­ery plan of spoil­ing Dua’s huge busi­ness but he im­me­di­ately came up with an­other plan. “Last month we launched a Pan-Asian cui­sine take­away – Mrs Wong’s where we of­fer take away sushi, cui­sine based dim­sums and a Wox—is a box from the Wok.”

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