Apart from a successful cricket career, many cricketers are also big time foodies and have opened their own restaurants. Here is a list of cricketers who have their own restaurants:
1) Nueva by Virat Kohli
Nueva, located in R.K. Puram, Delhi, is backed by Virat Kohli. The restaurant offers South American and Latin American cuisine. The brainchild of Chef Michael Swamy, the restaurant hosts the cricketers every time India wins a match in Delhi or when RCB wins an IPL match in Delhi.
2) ZK’s by Zaheer Khan
Zaheer opened a restaurant in Pune called ZK’s in 2004. In 2013, Zaheer kickstarted a lounge called ‘Toss’ in Pune and inaugurated it with his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammates. It’s a sports-themed lounge, and has sports ranging from cricket to football to boxing and even golf!
3) Jaddu’s Food Field by Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja opened his first restaurant in 2012 when he was still trying to establish himself in the Indian team. It was inaugurated on 12/12/12 and it was also the day he was called to represent India in Test matches. Jadeja considers 12 to be his lucky number and he always wears the No. 12 jersey.
4) Elevens by Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev’s Elevens opened in 2008. It stands tall in Patna, being a local favorite. It offers Indian/Pakistani, Chinese and Thai cuisine. He owns a hotel named The Kaptain’s retreat in Chandigarh. Kapil Dev’s hotel offers services for restaurant, banquets and rooms.
Elevens menu consists of his favorite dishes and also some Thai ‘must haves’ apart from Indian and Chinese cuisines. The interesting part in Kapil Dev’s hotel was that the rooms are named after famous landmarks in Kapil’s career like Port Elizabeth, tied test, 4 sixes, 9 wickets, 434 and Kapil’s retreat.
5) Tedulkar’s by Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin partnered with renowned hotelier Sanjay Narang and opened a restaurant named TENDULKAR’S in 2002 in Mumbai. He also opened his second restaurant named SACHIN’S in Mumbai and Bangalore. The restaurant offered all the worldwide favorite dishes of Sachin. Unfortunately, the restaurants were not successful and were closed permanently.
6) Sourav’s by Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly, started a restaurant in partnership in 2004 named SOURAV’S in Kolkata itself. Basically, it’s more like a food court with four restaurants under one roof. There were One-day (a coffee shop), Over Boundary (a multi-cuisine restaurant), Maharaja (a vegetarian restaurant) and Prince of Calcutta (a lounge bar). After two years, Sourav became the full-time owner of the restaurant but because of his busy schedule, the restaurant had to shut down in 2011.
Sources: Business Standard, CricketCountry.com, Food Prowl, India Today, PatnaBeats, Pixabay, Quora, Sportskeeda, The Financial Express, TripAdvisor, Twitter, Wikipedia.