Downtown Rotana welcomes new Specialty Outlet Manager for Teatro Restaurant

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Published August 23rd, 2016 - 10:51 GMT
Hari Prasad Pokhrel
Hari Prasad Pokhrel

Hari Prasad Pokhrel is the new addition to the Downtown Rotana team, taking on the role of Specialty Outlet Manager for the Hotel’s award-winning restaurant ‘Teatro Downtown’ which recently launched in Bahrain, adding a new gastronomic concept to the Kingdom’s vibrant fine-dining scene.

‘Teatro Downtown’ is the third ‘Teatro’ in the region to be opened by the Rotana Group following the chain’s tremendous success and bagging of multiple awards in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the most recent being ‘Best International Restaurant 2015’ at the TimeOut Awards. ‘Teatro’ is Downtown Rotana’s premiere restaurant venue featuring an East-meets-West cuisine within a cozy ambience designed with contemporary flair.

Originating from Nepal and with over a decade of experience in the hospitality industry, Hari Prasad has a career that spans multiple international hotel chains, including working with Michelin star Chefs such as Gordon Ramsay in restaurants across the Gulf. Hari joined the Rotana Group over 4 years ago, and spent 3 years working at Teatro Abu Dhabi, located at the Park Rotana & Park Arjaan, before taking on his new challenge at Downtown Rotana. In his current role, and with a wealth of experience under his belt, Hari is responsible for overseeing the entire operation of Teatro and along with his dynamic team, they are focused on delivering the highest quality of service and customer excellence that exceed guest expectations at all times.

“We are happy to welcome Hari to the Downtown Rotana family; we are confident that with his experience, creativity and positive character, he will effectively contribute to the success of Teatro Downtown and maintain the chain’s reputation for superior food and service quality”, commented Lilian Roger, General Manager of Downtown Rotana.

Hari has been recognised numerous times for his hard work and dedication, and has received appreciation letters from high profile personalities as well as royalty for his outstanding achievements. He has also attended various workshops in leadership training, safety and security, and food and beverage, to get a holistic understanding of the industry he so passionately serves.

“It is a great feeling to be in Bahrain and I look forward to bring to the table some of my previous experience working at Teatro Abu Dhabi. The Teatro brand has an established reputation in the region and its Bahrain-based counterpart is fast-growing in popularity among locals and neighbouring guests; it has an amazing vibe and I will certainly do my best to push its success”, explained Hari Prasad, Teatro Downtown’s Specialty Outlet Manager. 

Background Information

Rotana Hotel Management Corporation

Rotana was founded in 1992, by a partnership between two visionary thinkers, Nasser Al Nowais and Selim El Zyr, who were joined three years later by Nael Hashweh and Imad Elias.

Operating as Rotana, it opened its first property in Abu Dhabi in 1993 and is today one of the leading hotel management companies within the Middle East and North Africa.

Rotana is a company offering the best of both worlds. A unique understanding of the culture and communities of the Middle East combined with the collective expertise of an executive team contributing over 35 years of international experience in the service industry.

Rotana aggressive expansion plans have seen the company grow from 2 properties in 1993 to a total of 70 by 2014. With several further properties planned for opening and new projects in the pipeline confirming the company's intention to have a Rotana managed property in all the major cities throughout the Middle East and North Africa within the next five years. 

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