History

How we started

In 1969 Haji Mohammad Ali setup the business in Saddar Market area surrounded by a number of educational institutions.

Biryani was a popular dish for the masses as the area was deprived of a proper food supplier. It was an ideal time and place to start selling this popular dish.
This prompted Haji Sahib to test the market by selling Biryani.


The Biryani was prepared by Haji Mohammad Ali and his family members at home from home made spices and recipe.

It was a small dhaaba with a bamboo roof supported by wooden pillars with waiting staff comprised of two elder sons serving with limited seating capacity.
Started with one tumbler (Deg) of Biryani serving about 40 people per day.

The outlet was surrounded by various educational institutions i.e. St’ Joseph, St’ Patrick's, St’ Paul's and various Government Schools.
The business was named Café Student;
To attract students of the proximity
Economical food for the market

Why we named it ‘Café Student’

The outlet was surrounded by various educational institutions i.e. St’ Joseph, St’ Patrick's, St’ Paul's and various Government Schools.
The business was named Café Student;
To attract students of the proximity
Economical food for the market

1969 – Haji Sahib started off with opening Dhaba Hotel with limited seating capacity
1976 – Made arrangements for a proper seating area
1983 – Setup a restaurant as a joint venture in Saudi Arabia
1989 – Initiated process to start a large restaurant (300 seats) with a separate kitchen to cater to bulk deliveries
1997 – New four storey kitchen building completed
1999 – Construction of the large restaurant ( three storey) completed
2000 – Started Home Delivery services
2000 – Opened a new branch at I.I. Chundrigar
2003 – Dedicated wireless communication system was introduced
2004 – Started remote area delivery service to famous picnic and resorts
2005 – Opened Nursery Take away
2006 – Expansion of Saddar restaurant (900 seats)
2006 – Plans to open up new branches at Shahrah-e-Faisal, Defence and Gulistan-e-jauhar.
2007 –  Opened a branch at Sh-e-Faisal Nursery
2007 – Opened a branch at University Road Gulshan-e-Iqbal
2008 – Set Up a State-of-the-Art Call Center for centralized order taking of Home Delivery Service
2008 –  Opened North Nazimabad Branch in March 2008
2008 –  Opened M. A. Jinnah road Branch in August 2008
2008 –  Opened Garden Branch in August 2008
2008 –  Opened Defence Branch in September 2008
2008 –  Opened North Karachi Branch in October 2008

Key Milestones

October 16, 2008

Now Open at FORTRESS STADIUM, LAHORE