Everyone in their family loves Taco Bell food. So, when Rajeev and Dimple Jain decided to pursue a lifelong dream of owning a business, the national restaurant chain seemed like the perfect choice. The Jains said, however, they want to make their Taco Bell/Kentucky Fried Chicken in Richmond a “hometown store.”
“We’ll give back to the community,” Rajeev said. “We want it to be a family place, a Richmond place – very clean with a friendly staff.”
A special grand opening is being planned with proceeds from food sales to benefit local charities. The Jains hope their restaurant will be open for the Mushroom Festival, May 1. The couple said they’ll have a booth at the festival as well.
Construction crews are currently working on the foundation of the restaurant. Rajeev said the building of these structures is normally a quick process. Three managers are receiving two-month training in Houston, Texas, and are due to return to Richmond by mid-April. The restaurant will be open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Catering will be available for KFC food, they said.
The Jains anticipate an additional 25 to 35 part-time employees will be hired. The Full Employment Council will be accepting applications for those positions later this month.
Rajeev, a University of Missouri electrical engineering grad, has recently resigned from his 20-year career at UPS in Kansas City, Kan.
“It was a tough decision to leave, but just another part of my life. I’ve always wanted to have a business. The whole entire family loves Taco Bell.”
Photo: Construction workers prepare the foundation for the Taco Bell/KFC on Spartan Drive Friday. The owners, Rajeev and Dimple Jain hope the restaurant will be open by Mushroom Festival. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)