Sri Sheshagiri Pandurang Kamat
Sri Sheshagiri Pandurang Kamat, born on 21st November 1926 in Bengre village near Murudeshwar, Karnataka; was the son of an agriculturist.
He came to Hubli on 21st September 1944 and started trading in firewood to support himself. In the year 1947, he followed the footsteps of his elder brother and Restaurant Entrepreneur Sri R.P.Kamat and joined him in business, he took over the management of Indian Railway Institute Canteen at Goodshed area in Hubli. Under the tutelage and guidance of his elder brother, he learned the tricks of the trade of Hotel Industry.
In the year 1956, he started his 2nd Eatery in a Scrap Railway Bogie in Gadag Road, Hubli. His patrons fondly called it ‘Dabba Canteen’ due to its unique set up and shape. At a later stage, modern building was set up in the existing space and the canteen was renamed as ‘Kamat Cafe’ but still, it continued to be called as ‘Dabba Canteen’ by the regular customers.
Sri Sheshagiri Pandurang Kamat was mentored and guided by his elder brother Sri R.P.Kamat to expand his Restaurant business and practice high principles and policies beneficial to every one connected to it thus he established a chain of Restaurants and Hotels across Karnataka and Maharastra. He was best known for his time management, discipline, and workaholic nature, he leads a simple and principled life reflective of his business and was well respected by his peers in the industry. He expired on 9th April 2002.
Under the leadership of Sri Sheshagiri Pandurang Kamat, the following branches were set up.
1962 : Alankar Hotel, Dajibanapet, Hubli
1963: K.S.R.T.C Canteen, Nippani
1967: Kamat Restaurant, Bangalore
1970: (10.10.1970) Kamat Restaurant, J C Road, Bangalore
1971 : Kamat Lodge & Restaurant, Minerva Circle, Bangalore
1972 March 23rd : Kamat Restaurant, Unity Building, Bangalore
1975 May : Kamat Refreshments, N.T.Road, Opp. Reserve Bank, Bangalore
1975 December : Kamat Restaurant, N.R.Road, Near Town Hall, Bangalore
1976 : Kamat Cafe, Durgada Baila, Hubli
1979 March : Kamat Tea Depot, Hubli
1981 February : Kamat Restaurant, Belgaum
1982 December : Kamat Restaurant, Colaba, Bombay
1984 : Kamat Restaurant, Honnavar
1986 : Kamat Tea Depot, Belgaum
1988 : Kamat Sweets & Snacks, Colaba, Bombay
1990 : Kamat Yatrinivas, Bangalore
1994 August : Kamat Kitchen Equipments Company, Bombay
1995 : Kamat Restaurant, Hyderabad
1995 October: Kamat Restaurant, K.G.Road , Bangalore
1996 February : Kamat Food Plaza, Nagpur