KFC, Pizza Hut come to Nepal
By Sudeshna Sarkar (THeINDIAN.COM)
Kathmandu, Nov 22 (IANS) After setting the capital abuzz for months, fast food giants Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and Pizza Hut Sunday finally descended on Kathmandu with a soft launch in one of the most upmarket shopping and touristy areas of the city.
The two American food chains have been brought to the Himalayan capital by Devyani International, an associate company of
The inauguration of the first multinational chain of restaurants in Nepal, delayed by the political instability, ironically comes on a day the former Maoist guerrillas have announced a third phase of anti-government protests that will culminate in a three-day general strike from Dec 20.
During their decade-old insurgency, the former rebels had targeted American ventures in
RJ Corp is also the bottler of Pepsi brands in
Devyani International officials said they are excited to enter
The first two outlets have been launched at Durbar Marg in
KFC is sourcing the chicken from
On the eve of the launch, Nepali food entrepreneur Shyam Kakshapati dismissed fear of competition from the giants to the indigenous food outlets and products.
Kakshapati, CEO of Nanglo’s, one of Nepal’s best-known chain of restaurants that serves pizza and burgers along with the local momo - dumplings - and sekuwa - local kebabs, predicted that while locals might flock to the big two initially out of curiosity, once that is satisfied, they would return to their old favourites.
Another local chain, Bakery Cafe, enjoys a special place in diners’ and tourists’ hearts because of its unique way of employing youngsters with hearing and speech disability and combining service with social responsibility.