‘Chaiwala’ Arshad Khan launches his own café
Four years ago, Arshad Khan, a chaiwala from Pakistan, went crazy viral on the internet after a photographer clicked a picture of him and shared it on social media. Cut to 2020, Arshad Khan is all over the trends list yet again as he has established his own chai café in Islamabad.
The former tea-seller from Islamabad has just opened up his own rooftop café in Islamabad which is now functional! Khan has named his venture Café Chai Wala, explaining why he didn’t use his own name.
Talking to a local channel, Khan said, “Many people told me to change the current name and instead name it Arshad Khan, but I refused because Chai Wala is my identity.” He added how he still brews up a storm when his friends want some chai made by him.
سوشل میڈیا سے شہرت پا کر ٹی وی ڈرامے میں کام کرنے والے ارشد خان المعروف 'چائے والا' نے اسلام آباد میں ماڈرن طرز کا چائے کا ڈھابہ کھول لیا ہے جہاں وہ خود بھی خاص مہمانوں کے لیے چائے بنائیں گے۔ دیکھیے حارث خالد کی اس ڈیجیٹل رپورٹ میں#Pakistan #Chaiwala #ArshadKhan pic.twitter.com/DomhlfUfAJ— Urdu News (@UrduNewsCom) October 3, 2020
Khan’s café boasts traditional and cultural elements, from truck art on the walls, desi straw tables, and chairs, Urdu script, etc. The menu currently has 15-20 dishes, apart from tea.
“This is the most important thing for me right now because it is associated with my name so I dedicate a lot of my time to the café,” said Khan, adding that he also gives time to his acting career.
Khan also expressed regret about not completing his education, despite his accomplishments. He shared how his next plan is to set up an organisation to help underprivileged children access education easily.