The Associated Press reports that people wanting to experience “hot-pot surfing” at a flood-hit riverside restaurant in Thailand will now have to make reservations because of the restaurant’s explosion in popularity.
Like many other restaurants, Chaopraya Antique Cafe near Bangkok also got hit hard by the COVID-19 lockdown. Shortly after it reopened, a severe tropical storm and heavy monsoon rains lifted the nearby river. With the daily tide coming in, the café’s deck regularly fills up.
Rather than being forced to close again, the cafe was promoted by publicity in the Thai media and became a popular site for those seeking a unique dining experience.
The restaurant has become so popular, customers need to make reservations to experience “hot-pot surfing”.
For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.
Immediately after the water comes over the parapet, the first diners arrive. Before long, the deck is filled with carefree customers who are chugging along happily as if dining at the deluge is the norm.
Wait workers—some clad in rubber shoes—step gingerly through walkways that quickly exceed 50 centimeters (20 in).
The restaurant, in Nonthaburi, near Bangkok, opened in February in a riverside location that perfectly complements its ancient architecture and decor.
“It’s a nice atmosphere. It’s become the restaurant’s signature attraction during this flood crisis. So I wanted to challenge myself and try this new experience,” said 24-year-old Siripoz Y-Inta, as she said in a statement. Chew the food The water is rolling down his shin.
When a passenger boat takes off, you know why. The pleasant scramble to avoid getting wet by the wave is the moment everyone waits for, and no one goes home disappointed after one passes every 15 minutes.
It is TV presenter Titiporn Juttimann’s first restaurant venture. He says he was worried about what would happen if the floods hit.
“It turns out that the customers have a very good response. They are happy. We can see the atmosphere of the customers enjoying the experience of eating in the water. So a crisis has turned into an opportunity. It allows us to open the restaurant Encourages to keep and keep the customer happy.”
He says the best thing he can do is keep his employees happy by hiring them. So, even in the midst of harsh economic times, the only thing that needs a bailout are restaurants.