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A D Singh, Managing Director, Olive Group of Restaurants

AD Singh is the managing director of the Olive Group of Restaurants, a multi-restaurant brand in India.[1][2]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Born in Delhi in 1960, Singh moved to Mumbai and attended Cathedral and John Connon School. Soon after college, a scholarship at Lafayette took him to Pennsylvania[3] to earn a degree that got him into the blue-chip companies TCS and Cadbury's on his return to India.

Singh worked with various NGOs, and wrote a weekly food column for The Metropolis - a part of The Times Group – in the 1990s. In 1988, Singh set up his first F&B venture, a boat party planning service he called Party Lines.

Career[edit | edit source]

Singh made his restaurant business debut in 1990 with Just Desserts, a jazz café that served only coffee and desserts.[4] The restaurant was described by India Today as the "phenomenon of the nineties".[5]

Singh launched Olive at Union Park, Bandra in the year 2000.[6] In 2003, Singh opened The Olive Bar and Kitchen in New Delhi and in 2005, Singh opened Olive Beach in Bangalore. In 2018, Olive Bar and Kitchen launched in an alfresco space situated on Vagator beach of North Goa. In 2013, Olive Bistro opened in Hyderabad, and two years later in Goregaon, Mumbai.

Brands set up[edit | edit source]

  1. Olive Bar & Kitchen - Delhi, Mumbai, Goa[7]
  2. Olive Beach Bangalore
  3. Olive Bistro & Bar – Mumbai & Hyderabad
  4. Guppy – Delhi
  5. Hello Guppy – Mumbai
  6. The Hoppery – Hyderabad
  7. The Grammar Room – Delhi
  8. Ek Bar – Delhi
  9. Lady Baga - Mumbai
  10. SodaBottleOpenerWala - Delhi (Khan Market, Noida, Gurugram), Mumbai (BKC, Powai, Thane, Lower Parel), Bangalore, Hyderabad[8]
  11. Monkey Bar - Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata[8]
  12. Fatty Bao - Mumbai (Lower Parel, Andheri, Bandra, Powai), Bangalore, Kolkata[8]
  13. Toast & Tonic - Mumbai & Bangalore
  14. Olly - Gurugram
  15. Gigglewaters - Hyderabad
  16. Serai – New Delhi

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chengappa, Sangeetha. "Olive Bar and Kitchen aims to open 65 restaurants in next five years". Business Line. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  2. "AD SINGH – NRAI". National Restaurant Association of India. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  3. Kohli, Diya (2017-07-07). "A.D. Singh: Sangria, sushi and all that jazz". Mint. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  4. "mid-day 38th anniversary: The way we ate, danced and made merry in 90s". mid-day. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  5. "Just Desserts in Bombay offers pastries, coffee and blasting jazz". India Today. 1990-12-15. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  6. "Restaurant Man: AD Singh talks about 25 years in the industry, plans to expand overseas". Hindustan Times. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  7. "Restaurateur AD Singh has his pulse on Indian dining out". Hindustan Times. 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Restaurant Man: AD Singh talks about 25 years in the industry, plans to expand overseas". Hindustan Times. 2015-11-19. Retrieved 2019-02-06.

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  1. Boss' Day Out: AD Singh, retrieved 2019-05-01

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