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At flooded restaurant close to Bangkok, the particular is a splash

A flood-hit riverside restaurant in Thailand has grow 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.”
If you happen to like your meals washed down with loads of water, that is the place for you.
The flood-hit restaurant has grow to be an unlikely eating hotspot after fun-loving foodies started flocking to its water-logged deck to eat amid the lapping tide. (AP Photograph/Sakchai Lalit)
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 workers — some clad in rubber boots — step gingerly by the swirl that rapidly 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 latest extreme tropical storm and heavy monsoon rains mixed to lift the river’s water degree. Add within the tides and the outcome has been day by day inundation.
Coming straight after a monthslong coronavirus shutdown, it might have spelled catastrophe. As a substitute — boosted by publicity within the Thai media — it’s now so well-liked that prospects must make reservations.
Now, as an alternative of empty chairs and vacant tables, the café is as full as ever, providing an expertise the canny proprietor has re-branded as “hot-pot browsing.” (AP Photograph/Sakchai Lalit)
“This can be a nice environment. Throughout this flood disaster this has turned the restaurant’s signature attraction. So I needed 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 dwelling disillusioned.

It’s TV presenter Titiporn Jutimanon’s first restaurant enterprise. He says he was frightened what would occur when the floods got here.
“It seems the shoppers have an amazing response. They’re blissful. We are able to see the environment 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 preserve prospects blissful.”
Better of all, he says, it means he can preserve his workers blissful by preserving them employed. So, even amid harsh financial occasions, the one factor that wants a bailout is the restaurant itself.

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