Riyaaz Amlani is an entrepreneur and a restaurateur based in Mumbai, India. He is the CEO and MD of Impresario Entertainment & Hospitality Pvt. Ltd and the President of NRAI (National Restaurant Association of India). Often referred to as eatopian, hospitality wiz and a coffee baron. Over the years Riyaaz has assured a cumulative expansion of Impresario’s operations across the country by establishing 39 restaurants across 13 cities. Its umbrella of brands include slew of projects like Mocha, Smoke House Deli, Salt Water Cafe, Smoke House Grill, Salt Water Grill, Smoke House Room, Le Kebabiere, Prithvi Café, The Tasting Room and the very recent and successful brand Social (Present in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore).
Starting out as an outsider to the hospitality industry, today Riyaaz is highly respected and well-known in the restaurant business in India. He is known for his uncanny ability to provide unusual and novel experiences in all his ventures. Having sold shoes as a teenager, Riyaaz completed his education in UCLA with a Masters in Entertainment Management. Paving his way through the business, he soon started working as the entertainment consultant for many location based entertainment centers. During this period, Amlani contributed to the building of India’s leading Family Entertainment Centers as well as set up a wellness centre. He soon took over the reins of a leading media company, but gave it all up to open a café partnership with Kiran Salaskar. His vision was a cafe that offered an experience beyond the ordinary. This gave birth to his maiden venture Mocha, considered a pioneering venture in the café industry.
Growing rapidly under Riyaaz’s leadership, Impresario is set to expand its signature brands of Social (all day café, bar & Restaurant with a collaborative workspace) and Smoke House Deli (all-day deli and cafe) across India. A strong focus remains on the expansion of brand Mocha – Coffees & Conversations (gourmet coffee shop) in the tier 2 cities wherein the target remains the state capitals and the leading cities in the state. There are also plans chalked out for international expansion