Mumbai-headquartered quick service restaurant (QSR) chain 99 Pancakes has raised Rs 6.5 crore in a round of funding through a group of angel investors. India’s first QSR chain specializing in pancakes is set to utilize the funding for aggressive expansion and marketing across India in the coming months. The brand which recently collaborated with leading kids’ entertainment channel, Cartoon Network to roll out a special summer menu for children will be further spreading its wings for such marketing associations.
99 Pancakes plans to open 25 outlets, in the first phase and going ahead with more rounds of funding, it plans to penetrate in Tier 2 & 3 cities as well. The brand will follow the Company Owned Company Operated (COCO) and Franchise Owned Company Operated (FOCO) model to mark its presence all over the country. The brand will also soon enter the FMCG segment as well with the introduction of its first product as pancake premixes. “In the last 5 years, 99 Pancakes has successfully carved a niche for itself in the QSR segment. We have grown steadily through the owned and franchise route so far. With this funding, we will steer ahead and expand our presence in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai. To maintain the SOPs and experience of the ambience and menu, we wish to keep the operational functionality with us, however to penetrate the markets all across the country, we may adopt the institutional franchise route”, said Vikesh Shah, Founder, 99 Pancakes. Vikesh further added, “With this funding we intend to enter the FMCG segment with pancake premixes. A part of these funds will also be utilised towards brand building and marketing. We have grown organically so far and we will now adopt a strategic approach towards brand positioning and visibility through a digital first approach.” Naresh Kamath who invests in ace start ups said multiple factors induced him to invest in this project. “Since its inception, the brand has performed steadily and has continued expanding its footprints. Despite the setback in the last two years, the brand has not only managed to sustain but also has registered very good numbers especially since the restrictions were relaxed. The F&B industry is showing great promise in the country. I am confident about its management and expect it to become one of the most popular brands in the country within a couple of years.” 99 Pancakes, which is the pioneer in the pancakes QSRs in India, is currently present across 14 cities of the country including Mumbai, Pune, Surat, Lucknow, Indore, Hyderabad amongst others. The brand offers a 100% vegetarian menu, including the speciality pancakes. Besides this,, the menu offers a variety of Waffles, Crepes, Cakes, Pastries & Desserts, French Macarons, Chocolates, Croissants, Pizzas, Shakes, Coffee & other Beverages. Customers can dine-in, take-away or order delivery through Zomato and Swiggy. The brand also recently collaborated with Cartoon Network, and rolled out a special summer menu for children inspired by the popular cartoon characters like Ben10 and Tom & Jerry. In the past, it has also collaborated with Nickelodeon and SONY.