A flood-hit riverside restaurant in Thailand has turn out to be an unlikely eating hotspot after fun-loving foodies started flocking to its waterlogged deck to eat amid the lapping tide.
Now, as an alternative of empty chairs and vacant tables, the Chaopraya Vintage Café is as full as ever, providing an expertise the canny proprietor calls “hot-pot browsing.”
In case you like your meals washed down with loads of water, that is the place for you.
Shortly after the water tops the parapet, the primary diners arrive. Earlier than lengthy, the deck is full of carefree prospects fortunately tucking in as if eating in a deluge is the norm.
The wait employees — some clad in rubber boots — step gingerly by the swirl that shortly rises to greater than 50 centimeters (20 inches).
The restaurant, in Nonthaburi close to Bangkok, opened in February in a riverside location that completely enhances its vintage structure and décor.
However a current extreme tropical storm and heavy monsoon rains mixed to boost the river’s water stage. Add within the tides and the outcome has been each day inundation.
Coming straight after a monthslong coronavirus shutdown, it might have spelled catastrophe. As an alternative — boosted by publicity within the Thai media — it’s now so common that prospects have to make reservations.
“This can be a nice ambiance. Throughout this flood disaster this has turned the restaurant’s signature attraction. So I wished to problem myself and check out this new expertise,” 24-year-old Siripoj Wai-inta mentioned as he munched his meals with the water creeping up his shins.
The proprietor has dubbed the expertise “hot-pot browsing.” When a passenger boat motors previous you discover out why. The delighted scramble to keep away from a soaking from the wave is the second everybody waits for, and with one passing each quarter-hour, nobody goes house disillusioned.
It’s TV presenter Titiporn Jutimanon’s first restaurant enterprise. He says he was fearful what would occur when the floods got here.
“It seems the purchasers have a terrific response. They’re completely satisfied. We will see the ambiance of consumers having fun with the expertise of consuming within the water. So a disaster has was a possibility. It encourages us to maintain the restaurant open and hold prospects completely satisfied.”
Better of all, he says, it means he can hold his employees completely satisfied by holding them employed. So, even amid harsh financial instances, the one factor that wants a bailout is the restaurant itself.