From a cart to a shop

Debarati Palit Singh
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Says Mahantesh, “I first started selling 12 types of sandwiches on the cart. Those who would consume our dishes would always appreciate their taste."

The success story of Sandwich Express, located at Koregaon Park, can be attributed to the fabulously tasty and healthy sandwiches they serve

If you are a regular at Koregaon Park or Kalyani Nagar, we bet you have savoured the sandwiches at Sandwich Express stationed at the entrance of Lane No 6. Mahantesh Gurubhetti, with his brother Mahesh, has been selling different types of yummy sandwiches with chutneys on a cart since 2004. 

Five years ago, they opened their first shop in Lane No 6 and since then, they have opened more outlets in Aundh, Pimple Saudagar and Viman Nagar. Their success story is motivating because it tells you that with sheer passion and dedication, you can achieve your dreams. 

Says Mahantesh, “I first started selling 12 types of sandwiches on the cart. Those who would consume our dishes would always appreciate their taste. Slowly, we introduced different types of sandwiches. Today, we have employed 50 people and opened outlets in different parts of the city. We plan to open 20 outlets by the end of 2021.” 

Sandwich Express serves Grilled Sandwiches, Milkshakes, Espresso Coffee, Combo Meals, Salads and more. Mahantesh says that their desire to serve their customers with healthy food in clean surroundings motivated them to start their shop. “Our focus has always been on serving healthy food in a neat environment. Sensing that more and more people are becoming health conscious, we use whole-wheat bread and lots of veggies,” he says.

The Bombay Masala Grill Sandwich, Veg Tandoori Grill, Cheese Chilly Garlic and Chocolate Sandwich are their top selling items. “People, specially the college students, love the Chocolate Sandwich. We use dark, milk and fresh chocolate,” says Mahantesh, adding, “We have introduced some different flavours. We have raw garlic flavoured sandwich too. It’s not only tasty but healthy too.” 

The special chutneys that they serve with the dish are lip-smacking too. They have tomato, schezwan, green and tandoori flavoured chutneys. “We serve different types of chutneys and people love them. We come from Shetty community and chutneys are an integral part of our cuisine. These chutneys are inspired by the ones we have seen our grandmother make. So, there is South Indian flavour to each one of them,” says Mahantesh, adding, “The chutneys are prepared in the central kitchen so the taste is uniform across all outlets. In fact, we get the chutneys twice a day from the central kitchen to maintain hygiene.”

Along with serving good food, Mahantesh aims to give employment to the needy. He has consciously hired people from Vidarbha region, who have no employment back home. “Most of these people are not even 10th pass but they are good at their work and they need work. My staff has equally contributed to the growth of the brand,” he adds.

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