Pakistan’s most famous Chaiwala who became an international Arshad Chai wala sensation, , has aced the global chaye scene and is gearing up to open of his iconic café in London.
Khan’s brand Café Chaiwala has formally opened its doors to customers on East London’s 229 Ilford Lane – an area full of Pakistanis, Indians, and Bangladeshis nationals.
The huge billboard outside the café invites tea lovers into the café popularized by the Islamabad street Chai-vendor-turned-celebrity.
The brand has been brought exclusively to London by three investor brothers —Bahadar, Nadir, and Akbar Durrani — who planning to open several “Café Chaiwala Arshad Khan” franchises across the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
Boasting traditional and cultural Pakistani elements, from truck art and a hand decorated Vespa, desi paintings on the wall and the interior that is modern and Dhabba at the same time, Café Chaiwala is the ultimate place for nostalgia.
While Akbar travels internationally to focus on the family’s businesses, Nadir Durrani practically runs the Ilford Lane Chaiwala.
In an interview, Akbar Durrani revealed that he plans to open up 50 franchises in the United Kingdom.
“Café” Arshad chai wala has gone international and London being capital of the world is the beginning. We are planning to make this an international brand. We opened the first outlet in London after a lot of market research and business planning.”