Kamat Group

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Pioneer in the field of hospitality

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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 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 lead a simple and principled life reflective in his business and was well respected among 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