Shawn Nagpal, 27

President, Nagpal Restaurant Group

As president of the Nagpal Restaurant Group, Shawn Nagpal owns contemporary Indian restaurant: Coriander Modern Indian, which has locations in Larchmont and White Plains. What makes his places unique? Not only does he use the freshest local ingredients, he incorporates a variety of cooking techniques that reflect the ethnic diversity of the communities he serves. “You can’t stand out unless you’re different,” says Nagpal, who was born in Punjab, India. Nagpal’s family emigrated to the United States when he was a baby, settling in New Rochelle, the city Nagpal still calls home. Between the two restaurants, the entrepreneur saw revenue increase more than 30 percent in 2015, and expects to double revenue this year. But he insists, it’s not about the money. “I love the business, and I love the food,” he says. “I love the concepts and love the people.” Also a motivational speaker, Nagpal has been invited twice to the Forbes Under 30 Summit and has been a speaker at events that include Growthcon, World Domination Summit, and the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin. 

Wunderfacts:

• Every holiday season, Nagpal organizes “Coriander Cares,” which recently donated goods to the Food Bank for Westchester. He also sits on the board of Lunar NYC and is a board adviser for The Guidance Center of Westchester.

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• Before opening his restaurants, at age 23, Nagpal was the youngest finance manager for BMW (Greenwich & Mamaroneck).


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