Riverside restaurant proprietor Titiporn Jutimanon feared that the floods afflicting many elements of Thailand may very well be the top of a enterprise already struggling from the pandemic.
However with the rising tide of the Chao Phraya river this week got here an sudden alternative.
As an alternative of closing for the floods, Titiporn’s eatery is making waves in Thailand, staying open for patrons who’re revelling in shin-deep eating, and the fun of avoiding the waves created by passing boats.
“Prospects completely love the waves,” stated Titiporn, who runs the Chao Phraya vintage cafe in Nonthaburi, north of Bangkok. “What I assumed can be a disaster become a chance.”
Movies have gone viral on social media of shoppers sitting on drenched chairs, taking mouthfuls of meals as long-tail boats buzz by, then transferring out of the way in which as waves hit.
About 30 northern and central provinces have been hit by flooding in latest weeks, elevating ranges of the well-known river that flows by means of Bangkok.
Titiporn’s enterprise was pressured to shut throughout Covid-19 lockdowns, however she’s glad she determined to courageous the floods.
“Not solely do they love the ambiance and the barbecue pork and the view of the sundown … the flood grew to become a further distinctive issue,” she stated. “I really feel so fortunate that the purchasers find it irresistible, the flood wasn’t a problem for them to come back.”
Prospects cheer and snicker as their wood stools are knocked over by the water that breaches the restaurant.
It holds two sittings every day for diners to benefit from the expertise when the water ranges are highest.
“It’s a enjoyable problem – you don’t know should you’ll get washed away someplace whereas consuming,” joked buyer Jetdanai Boonrod, 30.