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The Tamarind Restaurant, the Carnivore, Tamambo and the Tamarind Dhow
are the Tamarind Group’s legacy establishments, where do you see them
going in this the 21st Century?
Following our adventures in Cairo, in 2008 and 2009, I felt that we needed something
in the Karen area and after long negotiations with the landlord of Karen Blixen Coffee
Garden we signed a lease for the food and beverage space on the property. Today
Tamambo Karen Blixen is one of our most profitable units together with the Tamarind
Restaurant in the same location, which keep going from strength to strength, which is
good, as there is a lot of very good competition in Karen.
Operating the flagship brands of our company is not easy, and they require a daily
hands on approach to management to safeguard the concepts and controls. This is
one of the main reasons we have not opened more units over the past years, as we
prefer to offer quality rather than quantity.
Following the positive response to the opening of the Tamarind in Karen, our patrons
from the Westland’s area keep asking us when we are going to open there. It is a great
idea, and if we find the right location we would like to open in Westland’s.
The future of Carnivore will be focusing on improving the product to ensure we are with
the times and are offering a great experience to all our guests. As tourism dwindles we
have to re-invent ourselves to become less dependant on tourists and more focused on
corporate and local guests. Tamarind Kitchens based at the Carnivore grounds offers
on-and-off site catering for all needs, this is a business that has grown five-fold over the
past five years and we will keep investing in this part of our business as we see that it
has more potential.
For now we don’t have plans of opening any more Tamambo units, but who knows, if
the right location comes up we will consider it.
We hear there are exciting new expansionary plans for the Tamarind Group
in Kenya. Could you tell us about them?
Yes, we have a strategy on growing our business on three main corner stones of our
Growth of existing business, mainly through the catering and events division at the
Growth of the existing business; this part is underway and we hope this bears fruit in
the next year or two. This would entail the development of the Carnivore grounds into
a substantial exhibition and entertainment venue. Catering to large events that need
substantial and secure parking and large covered spaces.
Develop a casual food concept around the Carnivore brand.
This part is well under way; we have developed a brand called “Roast by Carnivore”.
The first unit will open at The Hub in Karen during the month of December and is
developed around Nyama Choma in a fresh and innovative way.
Guest can choose from salads, sandwiches and meat platters freshly prepared in front
of the guests as they order. If this takes off the way we would like it to do we have plans
to open more of these units.
Enter the hotel and accommodation market through management and branding
contracts or through partnerships.
In 2010-2011 I started developing our own hotel concept, but without having a location
to build it on. I felt that this was truly the future for our company. Sitting home late at
night with pencil and ruler drawing up the hotel and its spaces considering flow, size,
restaurants, bars, and all things that comes with it. Finally we had a design that would
work but we did not have a location to build our nameless hotel on. I then engaged in
discussions with our landlord at the Carnivore to enter into a joint-venture for a piece of
land located on the Carnivore Grounds.
We formed the development team in June 2012 and in November 2014 we broke ground
of what is called the Tamarind Tree Hotel – Carnivore. This is a 160-room full service
hotel with bars, restaurant, pool, conference space for 200, executive boardrooms and
more. The opening is expected to be in the second half of 2016.
Concurrently while developing the Tamarind Tree Hotel – Carnivore, I was approached
late in 2012 by a client who wanted to develop a hotel in Nyari just a few minutes from
the United Nations.
Tamarind Tree Hotel - Opening 2016
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