| Welcome to Global Village Space

Friday, April 12, 2024

Pakistani student opens ‘world’s smallest restaurants’ in abandoned phone booths in the UK

Pakistani student-turned-entrepreneur, Tayyab Shafiq, has turned used phone booths in London into takeaway restaurants, reported Geo News on Wednesday.

Pakistani student-turned-entrepreneur, Tayyab Shafiq, has turned used phone booths in London to takeaway restaurants, reported Geo News on Wednesday.

Shafiq,25 hails from Lahore and had traveled to London four years ago to study. He is a mechanical engineer by profession.

Shafiq has rented three red three telephone booths from the Red Kiosk Company that used reuses old phone booths.

“As a young Pakistan Entrepreneur initiating my businesses in the UK, it saddened me that people relate to desi food with Indian cuisine, I want people here to relate to the Pakistani cuisine as much as they do with Indian food,” said Tayyab in an interview with the Pakistani media outlet.

Shafiq said he is passionate to promote Pakistan’s image as a ‘golden sparrow’ in the UK. His unique venture has been widely covered in the UK’s media.

Read more: Mango diplomacy: UK Prince Charles lauds Pakistani mangoes as ‘very tasty’

He says he is aiming to market the desi Pakistani cuisine in the UK. “As there are so many Pakistanis in the UK, so I had the vision to do businesses that represent Pakistani culture in the UK and to play my role in strengthening the bond between Pakistan and the UK, especially after Brexit when the UK is looking for new business partners. It is a prime opportunity to re-establish the holdings in the UK,” said Tayyab. He young entrepreneur calls it the ‘world’s smallest takeaway’.

Shafiq has ‘daal chawal’, chicken and lamb ‘biryani’, ‘samosas’, drinks, and other snacks.

In his interview, he informed that he twice gets the food delivered to his booth in the day and use electric food warmers to keep the food fresh. He informed that his booths are secured by a password-protected punching pad and is aiming to install a security alarm as well. Moreover, he also wished to upgrade his takeaway restaurant as per the local council’s regulations on food.

Shortly he plans to give his three booths a more traditional look by adding desi art.

GVS News Desk