Myanmar’s coffee growers bank on specialty niche

MANDALAY, Myanmar — When Tin Win Win opened Fuji Coffee House and Restaurant in Yangon in 1996, she had to make special trips abroad to source quality coffee beans. “She used to hand carry back Brazilian and African beans and process them with a mini-roaster,” recalled her son, Thu Zaw, who now heads the family’s […]

Myanmar gets a taste of Singapore

Independent operators and established restaurant chains from Singapore are making inroads into Myanmar’s nascent dining scene. YANGON: Myanmar is turning into a hot culinary destination with delights from the Lion City. In the last six months, six Singaporean restaurants have opened in Yangon. Singaporean Ringo Wong was in the shipping industry for the last 20 […]

Tony Roma’s opens first restaurant in Myanmar

Tony Roma’s opened its first restaurant Monday in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Orlando, Fla.-based Romacorp Inc., parent to the casual-dining chain, said the restaurant was developed with franchise partner APEX Food and Beverages Co. Ltd. of Yangon, the Southeast Asian nation’s largest city, with nearly 5 million people. Tony Roma’s is the first U.S. […]

Yangon Tax Department Announces Restaurant Crackdown

YANGON — Yangon Division’s Internal Revenue Department has urged restaurateurs to use official stamps on diner receipts to indicate payment of commercial tax, warning of hefty fines for noncompliant business owners. The pre-purchase system began in Yangon last month, requiring business owners to affix stamps bought from the department to customer receipts in order to […]

Will the real Colonel Sanders aka KFC please stand up?

Yoma Strategic Holdings, the franchise partner of US-based Yum! Brands Inc’s KFC brand, says it will take “protective” action against KFC restaurants already existing in Myanmar, but did not specify what these moves would entail. It said it was “aware of … unofficial KFC restaurants” in the country, but did not know their “exact numbers […]

Yangon bomb accused tells court he faced death threats

A man charged with allegedly carrying out bombings in Yangon in October 2013 has told a court he was told he would be killed if he didn’t plant the devices. Saw Myint Lwin is accused of placing bombs at Western Park Ruby restaurant in Ahlone township and Traders Hotel on Sule Pagoda Road. While the […]

Sharky’s One-Man Empire Brings Locavore Cuisine to Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar — Tired of running a nightclub in Geneva, the businessman known as Sharky was looking for a second act. So he returned to his native Myanmar and hatched an unlikely idea: growing and making fine food in an impoverished military dictatorship. Sharky, whose real name is U Ye Htut Win, has spent a […]

Lotte vice chief to meet Myanmar’s deputy minister

The Myanmarese economic deputy minister is expected to meet with Lotte Group’s vice chairman Lee In-won in early September when he visits here. The two are expected to discuss business opportunities centering on calls from Myanmar to Lotte to invest more in Myanmar’s food and hotel businesses, according to industry sources. Lee Jae-hyuk, chief executive […]

Businesses Bid for Tourist Exploitation of Historic Mandalay Palace

Mandalay Division’s government said it is privatizing the tourist exploitation of the historic Mandalay Palace complex, the abode of Burma’s last kings, the Konbaung Dynasty. In August, several firms were invited to submit a tender to manage commercial exploitation and ticket sales at the famed Mandalay Palace complex, said Nyo Myint Tun, a supervisor of […]

Yangon to get fine dining eatery

Myanmar-born Pote Lee will open the first branch of his upscale restaurant Water Library in his homeland after launching the first two branches in Bangkok in 2008 and 2012. Scheduled to open by the end of this month, Water Library has been developed in a 100-year-old colonial mansion on Manawhari Road in Yangon, the same […]