STORY

YOUR LEISURE IS OUR PLEASURE

Shri opened its doors in 2010 to establish itself as the first international standard rooftop restaurant and lounge in HCMC, to which the venue quickly established itself and a must go to on any visit to the city. The concept was to deliver quality, authentic food with quality service and atmosphere.

The word Shri means to be surrounded by light in Sanskrit, and over the years, Shri has been surrounded by more and more lights as the city has continued to grow. In recent years Shri has placed itself firmly on the creative map when it comes to its innovative food and beverage program headed up by both Shri Executive Head Chef, Javier Gomez and famous Bartist Richard J Fawcett.

Along with the great team, Shri has re-invented itself to emerge as one of the leading culinary and cocktail destinations in the country, whilst retaining the original ethos of authenticity, quality and honesty.

In September 2018 Shri introduced Thomas Gillgren as its new General Manager after former GM Richie J Fawcett and original GM Ashley Nichols. They have both contributed to Shri to what it is today with the best cocktails in town and one of the largest wine selection in Ho Chi Minh City among many other great features at Shri. Thomas will continue the work they have done and take Shri to new heights.

Thomas has a background working in some of the best bars, restaurant and nightclubs in the world. He has opened and run more than 40 different venues around the world and with him, Shri will combine art, music and innovative solutions to give the guests a new experience every time they come to Shri. From developing and creating new concepts in his previous career and his love for wine, cocktails and food, he will ensure that Shri will continue being the place to go to for an extra ordinary experience. Together with Chef Javier they will give our guest something beyond great on the culinary side in a place where you want to be.

THOMAS GILLGREN - GENERAL MANAGER

Thomas is originally from Sweden but have strong connections with Vietnam as his father is from Vietnam. For many years they lost contact but after 25 years he reconnected with his father in Ho Chi Minh and has now met other family members on his Vietnamese side. So for him he is on an emotional journey as well as a professional. He wants to learn Vietnamese and more about Vietnamese culture.
He was given the opportunity to work in Vietnam in 2017 and reconnect with his fatherland an offer he could not refuse. With his experience from working all over the world he will share that experience at Shri and show why he worked for some of the best places in the world at the same time he wants to learn more about Vietnam and the Vietnamese people. After less than a year Thomas feels like he has come home.

Thomas Gillgren has vast experience on an international level during his 29 years in the industry. He spent 14 years in London where he opened some of the most prominent places in London such as Sketch, Mash, Townhouse, 10 room and Kingly Club to mention a few. He also opened venues, trained staff and developed concepts in Russia, Turks & Caicos, Azerbaijan, UAE and Sweden. He had his own training school for bartenders in London, Chelsea Academy of Bartending. He won several awards individually and with the venues he worked at throughout the years in hospitality.

After London he worked in Dubai for three years with Whissle Group, one of the leading hospitality companies in Dubai, helping the group venues to an international level. He implemented training programs, evaluation and progress systems for employees to increase the standard of service at the venues. He developed conceptual beverage offers for the different venues to attract and satisfy the guests expectations and beyond.

He then moved to Indonesia where he worked as operations manager for Potato head Beach club and later Project Manager for PTT family, which is one of the most innovative and progressive companies in South East Asia. He also helped opening Potato Head Hong Kong as interim GM.

In 2017 he moved to Vietnam to work with DEP concepts and Shri to develop new interesting concepts, he has just taken over as GM from his friend Richie J Fawcett, known by most people in Saigon as Bartist and GM at Shri. Thomas love for this industry will show at Shri and put a smile on our guests faces, with his experience he will bring Shri to another level.