ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – A group of Kurdish entrepreneurs recently opened Sulaimani’s first food truck of its type, the “Bus Cafe,” weeks after their official opening in Erbil.
Looking to stand out among the many hangout spots for young people that have sprung up in recent years, the founders first opened for business in Erbil where visitors can step into the large vehicle and enjoy refreshments and snacks.
“We wanted to do something new in Kurdistan,” began Krdar Mohammed, one of the employees at the café, when speaking with Kurdistan 24 on Tuesday.
“We wanted a café,” Mohammed added, but “found there were many” of the same establishments in Sulaimani that offered little change. “Then we thought ‘why not open one that is in a bus?’”
The vehicle’s exterior has been decorated with welcoming colors while the interior has been furnished in a typical café style. The backend of the bus is shelved with rows of books, attracting potential readers.
The bus is most popular among the city’s university students, who seek a quiet environment to spend a few hours of their free time or for group studies.
“I thanks these young guys for their creative work,” one visitor said. Another customer praised the atmosphere in the bus, saying it was what first attracted him to visit with his spouse.
Editing by Nadia Riva
(Additional reporting by Kurdistan 24 correspondent in Sulaimani Daliya Kamal)