[thechat] Thai restaurant in... Kabul
webguru at vsnl.net
Sun Jan 4 02:53:54 CST 2004
Yes, in that tourist hotspot of Afghanistan, a Thai restaurant is flourishing.
Lalita Thongngamkam is the owner and founder of Lai Thai and it is not her
In fact, it is not her first restaurant in a region where major combat
operations have been completed. When asked if running a restaurant in a
former war zone is risky business, she responds curtly, "Hardly, it's no
Compared to the locations of her previous restaurants, it's not hard to
believe her. Ten years ago she opened her first restaurant in Cambodia and
since then she has opened eateries in Somalia, Rwanda, East Timor and Kosovo.
She has a basic business model: Follow U.N. and NGO workers who are trying
to rebuild areas decimated by war and supply them with quality Thai cuisine
as an alternative to the local fare. It helps to be the only game in town.
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