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How Kolkata’s Chowman launched two new restaurants and a cloud kitchen amidst the pandemic

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Bengal and Bengalis can go on for years debating over Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, CPIM and Trinamool, and Ilish and chingri. But one thing that all bengalis seem to agree on is Chinese food and music. And Kolkata-based Debaditya Chaudhury seems to have made it to the heart of Bengalis through both. 

The musician-turned-entrepreneur is the founder and Managing Director of Kolkata’s leading chain of Chinese restaurants, Chowman. Starting as a small restaurant in Kolkata in 2010, today Chowman has 15 outlets spread across the city. It has also extended its wings and recently launched a cloud kitchen in Bengaluru

“My aim was to create a human character, similar to KFC and McDonald’s. I wanted to go with Mr Chow in Town, but we were not able to get registration for that name. I then decided on Chowman, which sounds similar to Chowmein —

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How Two Music Industry Professionals Launched A New Business During A Pandemic

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When the pandemic hit the U.S. in March, married couple “Zito” and Christin Zito were trying to figure out next steps. Zito, who spent the past 20 years on the road most recently serving as production manager for Steve Aoki, and Christin, a celebrity hair and makeup stylist, weren’t sure what to do.

On Easter Sunday the couple was planning a cheat meal for their diet and Zito had a sourdough starter already made. While brainstorming what to make with it, they settled on sourdough cinnamon rolls. Having previously baked sourdough bread during Covid-19, the Zitos immediately knew there was something special about the sourdough cinnamon rolls. When Christin posted a photo on Instagram of their cheat meal,

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Home improvement site Hausera that launched in February shutting down

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Just more than a month after launching a new brand and website, a Pleasant Prairie-based home improvement retail website is calling it quits. 

eImprovement, LLC notified the state that it would permanently close all operations, including its 22,000-square-foot headquarters in Pleasant Prairie. The company, which started with the website eFaucets.com in 2003, launched hausera.com at the end of February. 

eImprovement, LLC will permanently close all of its operations by May 23. The company plans to begin eliminating 60 positions on April 30, according to a letter sent to the state. Employees will be provided wages and benefits for 60 days, according to the letter dated March 30. 

The websites are now stripped down to landing pages that say “we’re sorry but at this time we are no longer accepting new orders.”

The letter to the state did not say if economic uncertainty regarding the coronavirus crisis affected the decision

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