Tik Tok star Kiran Thapa has taken over the old Soho hotel which he has announced his plan to reopen as Australia’s first Nepalese pub, Dr Thapa is hoping it will be the centre point for the Nepalese culture in Tasmania for events and festivals.
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A Hobart Tiktok star will soon be launching Australia’s very first Nepalese pub, which will be serving up Nepalese food, frothies, and festivals.
The Chowk will be open on Davey Street in October, and the occasion will be marked with a grand celebration by the Nepalese community.
Pub owner Kiran Thapa said the Nepalese people knew how to “celebrate hard”, with various cultural festivals dotting the calendar year back in Nepal.
TASSIE’S TOP TIK TOK STARS: Dr Kiran Thapa amongst his gomphrena flowers at Orielton. Picture: Chris Kidd
Dr Thapa said he hoped to bring those events and festivities into Hobart through his pub, which will be changing its “vibe” every month to reflect a different festival.
“We are very resilient people because we have so many festivals that keep us resilient and happy, despite all the sufferings we have gone through,” Dr Thapa said.
“The Nepalese people are very resilient and hardworking. You may have seen us working in your hospitality venues and aged care homes. They work hard, but they celebrate hard too.”
Pub manager Sujan Aryal said he hoped ordinary Australians would also come down to the pub festival-time to see how the Nepalese party.
Mr Aryal said many Nepalese living in Tasmania dearly missed those moments of celebration, and that they hoped to reconnect them back with their roots.
“We want to celebrate and reconnect with our people back in our home country. They miss the culture, the festivals, and the food of course,” Mr Aryal said.
“Australian can come, join with us, celebrate, enjoy our food, enjoy our music, enjoy our culture.”
The pub will open for takeaways in early October, and they are currently planning to hold a full opening sometime around mid-October.
It will be opening up on 124 Davey Street, Hobart, where the Hotel SOHO used to be.