Navneet Kalra is an Indian businessman. A prominent name in the Indian hospitality sector, he is best known as the owner of Khan Chacha, a popular chain of restaurants famous for its kebabs and rolls, based in New Delhi. Navneet Kalra is also active in the opticals business with Dayal Opticals, spectacles and sunglasses retail business, he has expanded the business multifold since the 1990s.
Navneet Kalra was born on 16 October 1971 (age 50 years; as of 2021) in New Delhi. Navneet Kalra received school education from the prestigious Delhi Public School, RK Puram. He pursued higher education from the College of Vocational Studies, University of Delhi, before commencing his career as an entrepreneur.
His father, Dayal Das Kalra, ran an optical business in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, called DayalOpticals. Navneet shared a close relationship with his father, whom he considers to be his role model. He is married to Shehla (Kitty) Kalra, a celebrity fitness expert, health coach and motivator.
Following the footsteps of his father, Navneet Kalra decided to start a business of his own. He set up a garments venture in Delhi at the young age of 19 years. After running the venture for over a decade, Kalra shut it down and moved on to new business opportunities.
In the late 1990s, he forayed into the Opticals business and expanded DayalOpticals to several locations in Delhi NCR. His work catapulted DayalOpticals to immense popularity and established the business as one of the pioneers in eyewear.
Foray Into Hospitality
Alongside, Navneet Kalra explored other business opportunities as well. He forayed into the hospitality sector by gradually setting up several restaurants at prime locations across New Delhi.
Kalra’s first hospitality venture was a restaurant named Blanco. His most prominent hospitality ventures are a high-end Pan-Asian restaurant, Town Hall, and a popular kebab and rolls eatery, Khan Chacha – both in Khan Market and several other premium locations across Delhi NCR. The restaurants boast of an elite guest list, with several celebrities like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Jas Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Geeta Basra, and Sangeeta Bijlani being its regular diners.
Some of Navneet Kalra’s other successful restaurants in Delhi include Public Affair and Mr. Choy in Khan Market, Kakapo in Mehrauli, and Nege& Ju at Lodhi Road. He is also active in the hospitality business abroad, being a partner at Karma – The Modern Indian Restaurant in Washington DC, USA.
Navneet Kalra As The Owner Of Khan Chacha
A food outlet in Khan Market, Khan Chacha was started in 1972 as a small food joint. However, with the business acumen of owner Navneet Kalra, Khan Chacha has registered rapid growth, cementing its position as the best kebabs and rolls eatery at several premium locations across Delhi/NCR. These include Select Citywalk, Connaught Place, Aerocity, Galleria Gurgaon, among others. Khan Chacha is popular as a haven for food lovers in the city.
Navneet Kalra’s Hobbies
Khan Chacha owner Navneet Kalra is a fitness enthusiast. He enjoys outdoor activities like swimming and cycling. He also takes great pleasure in playing golf. Kalra is also a frequent traveller. Although most of his travels are to parts of Europe on work-related trips, he states New Zealand as his favourite holiday destination.