Kathmandu, Aug. 6: Nepali version of international dish provider network such as world famous MacDonald, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut is being developed in Nepal under the name ‘Lumbini Tanduri Bhojanalaya (restaurant).’
Lumbini Tanduri has been giving satisfaction by maintaining uniformity as per Nepali purchasing power and attracting high and middle class customers. Indira Rimal of Kathmandu -8 says she visits Lumbini Tanduri in any one place of the capital twice a month. She finds healthy food in fair prices there. Some 30,000 clients visit any one of the Lumbini Tanduri in the Kathmandu valley daily.
Businessmen have made the business transparent and systematic by forming a Lumbini Tanduri Entrepreneurs Association to satisfy the consumers.
The name is ‘Lumbini’, as most investors are from various districts of Lumbini zone and it has taken a form of popular brand name.
Association Member Laxman Bhandari of Gulmi has made enough income by selling Tanduri breads. He says he has been earning more than Rs. 30,000 monthly in Baneswor from it and is happy with it rather than going for foreign jobs.
Khimananda Basyal who came to capital 20 years ago from Palpa makes good income by satisfying his clients.Now customers are accustomed to satisfying themselves with tanduri breads, he said.
There are more than 100 tanduri restaurants in the valley. It has been a dependable business as it can be started by a family, and youths returning from abroad are also engaged in it.
Some 1000 people have got direct employment in this business and earn Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 15,000 and more than 5,000 are dependent on them.There is a transaction of more than Rs. 1.5 to Rs. 2 million in these restaurants.
One has to invest Rs. 1.5 million to Rs. 2 million and there is up to 200 million rupees invest in it in Kathmandu valley.This kind of dish is also liked by Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi visitors besides high ranking officials, ministers and lawmakers and students in the country. Even low income porters go to these restaurants. In recent times, Japanese and Chinese tourists have also liked it.
There were only two dhawa (tanduri) bread restaurants in the capital until 2057 BS– at Soaltee Mode and Tripureswor, and the bread was expensive. It was run by a Punjabi. Later when Nepalese started it, its price came down.
Basyal says their restaurants are 99 percent alcohol free and do not add chemicals. However, as the association’s founding chairman, he demands security and facilities for fuels.