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The Theobroma Patisserie, Mumbai

I don’t think there is any Mumbaikar who is not aware of the Theobroma Patisserie.

Currently boasting of 80 outlets pan #India, Theobroma opened its first outlet in Colaba in 2004.

The idea of the café was conceived in one of the dark hours of Kainaz Messman Harchandrai’s life. While working hard as a chef at the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, Kainaz crippled her back in 2003 and was told to find an alternate career.

But Kainaz couldn’t imagine doing anything else. She was shattered. Since childhood, Kainaz and her sister had always seen their mother work hard in her catering business and were her helping hands early on. However, it was her trip to France as an exchange student that really sparked Kainaz’s dream of being a chef.

Kainaz had to take a complete year off, spending 3 months in bed. And it was at this time that her family encouraged her to open a neighbourhood café. Unlike the other Iranian and Parsi cafes, the Messman family braved to venture into a patisserie with a French twist. They wanted to bring items like croissants, danishes, quiches and cream cheese sandwiches to the streets.

There has been no looking back since then. Starting with a seed capital of Rs 1.5 crore, #Theobroma has built an impressive Rs 230 crore empire panning over 5 cities across India.

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