Executive Summary for Heart of India

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The Heart of India is a new quick serve Indian restaurant serving an exceptional experience in fresh authentic Indian food to be located in the Chicago loop near the intersection of Adams and Wabash (See Appendix K). A quick serve Indian food restaurant is a unique concept with an atmosphere of the far-east with the sounds of authentic Indian music bringing flavorful Indian food quickly during lunch and dinner at reasonable prices. The restaurant will serve traditional north Indian (Punjabi) cooking featuring flavorful vegetarian and meat dishes as well as appetizers Indian breads, wraps, Indian desserts, and an Indian burger. Customers will have an option to customize their food with 3 levels of hot spices. Vegetable substitutions will be made for bread and rice for the carb conscious and the menu will include flavorful low fat entrees. Indian food is distinguished by the variety of cooking techniques and the sophisticated use of species and herbs such as cinnamon, turmeric and cayenne. Spices used in Indian food have been shown to have medicinal value (1). The quick serve restaurant business is one of the fastest growing segments of the restaurant industry in the United States. Between 1970 and 2000 sales in the American fast food sector increased by $104 billion dollars (2) and $150.1 billion is projected for 2007 (3). Americans now spend more money on fast food than on education or new cars (2). The Chicago loop was chosen for the location of the restaurant because there are many businesses and a diversity of culture (See Appendix A.2 for ethnic population). There is high foot traffic in the chosen location of over 8,000 people per day during the work week (4). There are currently no quick serve Indian restaurants in Chicago, but Indian food is no stranger to Chicago. Indian food has been enjoyed by Chicagoans since the 1972 (29) and is still popular today. See Appendix H for near loop Indian restaurant reviews. Our target markets are...
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