The objective of our company was to do something out of the box and to be a trendsetter in the Eastern part of India. We wanted to create a space, which would be original, innovative, exciting, and with an element of surprise in every corner. The Grid is a high energy resto-bar cum brewery with an ambience and experience which is young and youthful but at the same time nostalgic and antique. It's a raw chic industrial fun space!The people of Kolkata have loved and appreciated the concept and design of The GRID. They noticed each and every element of the design from the different kind of areas and seating to the holographic visuals on the 32 feet clear glass screen. They loved the 38ft long LEGO Bar with its little men constructing small sites (it was nostalgic for many). They were awed by the shipping containers converted into toilet blocks. Our micro-brewery is a beautifully put up plant with its beer yet to be on tap.
The Grid, the gastro-brew pub in Kolkata opened its door this July and has made its presence felt with it outstanding food and good ambience. Located in Topsia on EM Bypass i.e., strategically the heart of the city is well connected to all parts of the city. The Grid offers different elements, all in one venue. From mouthwatering global cuisine, foot-tapping music, microbrewery or awe-inspiring interiors, there are plenty of options to hold you there for long.
Spread across 10,000 square feet, The Grid gives enough space to let you hair down and go with the flow. The whole place has been given an industrial look by India's most prolific restaurant designer Ayaz Basrai, the chief architect.
The waiting area has throwback images that take you through different stages of making of the resto-pub clipped to its caged walls. Their 38 ft long Lego Bar is major attraction that has different Lego artworks that would take many down the memory lane. The seating is divided into different grids The Beer Garden gives you garden feel with benches and creepers crawling through the grid like structure. At the top level they have The Asylum Room, a 12 seater soundproof conference and fine dining area that brings back memories of old fashioned cane iron chairs and also has a projector. The Cage is a favorite spot with its panoramic view of the entire club and custom made wooden seats. Adjacent to it is The Smoking Room (one of the largest in the city) that is a big hit with youngsters and is quite distinct with its military style chairs that offers from cigars to hookah. The latest spot for private bash is Grid X, which boasts of separate DJ console, bar and the whole section is completely soundproof.
The Grid idea is spelled out in almost a teaser form on the front facade. The idea was to introduce the material language and the idea of the Grid on the front, and take guests through a narrower tunnel-like experience, and then create a big reveal, where the entire space opens itself out. The signage also follows the basic Grid idea, with a simple bold signage design, over an exposed brick wall. Even the logo was designed keeping the basic idea of changing grid formations in kind, the formations of the logo can be changed without changing the actual language.
The resto-bar cum microbrewery offers global cuisines with around 130 items on its menu. It serves regular cafe food, pizzas, pastas, burgers, grilled items and a whole of range of innovative dishes. Some of their items that are a must have here are Candolim beach's Maria Lobo's Fisherman Basket, Juhu Gymkhana's coriander noodles, Bhindibazar Chicken Tikka inspired from Mumbai's Bhindibazar and Parvez's Chicken Centre. They have quite an extensive cocktails menu that includes Smoky Tennessee, Trio Daiquiri, Skull Jamaican Candy and 3 Tomato Spicy Mary.
The Grid is the brainchild of Gaurav Karnani and Ritika Karnani and is the first F&B venture and flagship project of Karnani F&B Specialties LLP. While Gaurav manages the finance and management of The Grid, Ritika looks after the F&B part of it. "We have given this project our heart and soul and our passion shows in each and every corner of The Grid. We want to take The Grid to multiple cities in India. We would want to expand in Kolkata in the F&B industry with various other offerings other than The Grid," said Gaurav Karnani, CEO, The Grid.