How Georgian restaurant operates in second largest city of Lithuania - Kaunas
02 July, 2018
How Georgian restaurant operates in second largest city of Lithuania  - Kaunas
Georgian cuisine is well-known worldwide and if anyone ever tastes its delicious flavor never forgets it and always has a desire to try again. Therefore, opening of Georgian restaurants or cafes in any part of the world deserves positive reactions both from local habitants and from the people who have ever visited to Georgia and tasted its cuisine.

Take for example newly–opened Georgian restaurant –“Mtevani” in Kaunas, Lithuania. Restaurant started functioning in 12th of August, 2017 and has attracted lots of
guests and customers since then.
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The restaurant is always full of people

The owners of the restaurant are Natia Labadze–Gelejinene and Shmagi Tkhemaladze. The restaurant is located on a very prestigious avenue in Kaunas. Everything started five years ago, when Natia arrived in Lithuania to study in Vilnius.
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They prepare Georgian dishes like Khachapuri

Natia was on the second course when noticed Georgian restaurant in one district of Vilnius and could not reject herself to get inside. Later she started to workthere as a cleaner in the kitchen. After a while, she moved to another Georgian restaurant, as an assistant of chef. This is the place where she met her future husband, with whom she moved to Kaunas to live. Because of the lack of Lithuanian language skills, Natia decided to find a place where she would not have to speak in local language.
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The restaurant is oriented on preparing mostly Georgian dishes

One of such places revealed to be a restaurant. This was Asian food restaurant, where Natia suggested the owner to prepare some Georgian foods. Owners tasted Khinkali and Khachapuri and enjoyed it very much. Since then some Georgian foods were entailed into their menu as well. However, as Natia mentioned, management of the restaurant could not work appropriately and it was closed soon. After this, Natia and Shamgi had decided to open a Georgian restaurant. Both of them were experienced in this business. They borrowed money and opened a Georgian restaurant.
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Natia and Shmagi and one more Georgian employee (First on the right)

“Interest towards the Georgian restaurant appeared even before its opening when we had put a sign– “Coming soon Georgian Cuisine”. We were going to open a restaurant on a place that had “Bad Carma place” nickname, as long as there have been lots of commercial objects opened and all of them were unsuccessful and unprofitable. However, Georgian restaurant gave totally different status to this location.”
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Adjarian Khachapuri (Cheese boat) in the center

Restaurant soon became one of the favourite places in the city. They wrote an article in the most popular newspaper of Kaunas.

“After the representatives of the newspaper visited the restaurant and tasted its dishes, they wrote very positive article about our place. Precisely, since publication of this article, we received enormous amount of guests. We have not been ready for such number yet.”
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Dishes look so delicious

Restaurant offers its guests mostly Georgian dishes. The owners define the way how they should be cooked and then professional cooks prepare them. Natia and Shmagi always try to be present at the restaurant in order to create Georgian warm and open–hearted atmosphere. That is also one of the attributes that attract the guests. Owners often ask the clients their opinions, consider their recommendations and because of the high requirement they plan to enlarge the place in the near future.
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Interior of the restaurant is decorated in Georgian style

Currently, the restaurant employs 16 persons, among them are Georgians as well. Restaurant is most frequently visited by the people who have already been to Georgia and tasted national cuisine. Among the clients, there are local clients as well, who every day come for lunch and order only Georgian dishes.
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Guests always enjoy Georgian dishes

The first photo shows Natia Labadze–Gelejinene and Shmagi Tkhemaladze

Author: Gvantsa Kakauridze

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