LOCAL businessman Phathisani Nkomo, owner and proprietor of the luxurious Bulawayo night spots Zarah Lounge, Club Cosmopolitan and Cubana, has been nominated for the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Awards in the Bulawayo Chapter.
The annual dinner and business awards will take place Friday at 6pm at Holiday Inn.
He has been nominated alongside Shlomo Lepar from Masters Hardware, Eugene Jackson from Pump and Steel Supplies, Shepherd Chawara from SHEPCO, Welcome Mabuza from Buy and Build and P Ndlovu from PNA Chartered Accountants.
B-Metro caught up with the night club tycoon and filed this report.
Q: You have been nominated at this yeara��s ZNCC awards, how does it feel?
A: Ita��s a surprise and I must say a pleasant one. I think the hard work and giving people the quality of entertainment they want landed us this nomination.
Q: Your nightclubs are some of the best in the city, how do you make sure they maintain their status in such a competitive sector?
A: Times are changing and customers are demanding quality for their money they worked hard for and one has to innovate and measure up to their expectations. Defining what your targeted audience wants is a challenge that one has to rise up to and I am glad the clubs have managed to satisfy and meet the needs of our customers.
Q: You have provided lots of entertainment in the city like hosting the Lady Zamar show at Club Cosmopolitan, What makes you to take such risks?
A: The process of choosing an artiste for a show is a painstaking one. Indeed it involves risk but I have tried to choose an artiste who goes with the themes and lifestyle that I want to project in each club like the Zamar show, I saw it fit that it must be hosted at Cosmopolitan.
Q: The Lounge is under renovations, what are you turning the night club into?
A: I have owned The Lounge since 2011 when I acquired Khami Bar from Dr Tanius Mumbengegwi. It was a very good investment and it has served its time. I now want it to change its focus. I hope people will like the new look of the place, it will open after a week.