Feature

Down But Not Out – Former Flight Attendant Opens First Restaurant

“When I was laid off in May and I had stayed home for two weeks, I felt helpless being home because I am used to working so I thought of selling food because my brother-in-law in Australia does catering and that inspired me,” he said.
02 Aug 2020 10:54
Down But Not Out – Former Flight Attendant Opens First Restaurant
Front row, from left: Kelvin Pillai’s mother Reena Kumar, Kelvin Pillai, with close friend, Luke Tusoya. Back row, from left: Brothers Kishan Pillay and Krishneel Pillay inside their Moody Foodie Fastfoods and Takeaways restaurant in Lautoka on August 1, 2020. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

After receiving his termination letter sometime in May this year, former Fiji Airways cabin crew member, Kelvin Pillai, felt helpless spending time at home.

The 28-year-old, who is the youngest of three brothers, decided to sell food to help his family.

With the help of their mother, Reena Kumar, the brothers began selling food in a little tent at the Natabua junction in Lautoka.

This week, Kelvin and his family opened their first restaurant – Moody Foodie Fastfoods and Takeaways – in the Lautoka area.

The former primary school teacher joined Fiji Airways in 2018.

“When I was laid off in May and I had stayed home for two weeks, I felt helpless being home because I am used to working so I thought of selling food because my brother-in-law in Australia does catering and that inspired me,” he said.

“I thought of using my savings to buy a tent and so we started selling food from the Natabua junction, later the Navutu Flea Market opened and we moved on to sell food there.”

Also helping him out at the restaurant is his close friend, Luke Tusoya, also a former Fiji Airways cabin crew member.

“A few weeks after that I got a call from my friend that this space was available, our family spoke about it and agreed to open our first restaurant,” he said.

“We opened on Wednesday and people have been coming in to buy food, our food prices are reasonable.”

Mr Pillai said COVID-19 had taught him to work hard and use the talents that he had.

The restaurant is located opposite the Newworld Supermarket and is open six days a week from 8 am to 8.30 pm.

Edited by Ivamere Nataro

Feedbacknicolette.chambers@fijisun.com.fj

Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper