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New Restaurant And Kava Bar Opens In Nabua 

Located at 590 Ratu Mara Road, Nabua, the restaurant and kava bar was officially opened on Friday night by Opposition Member of Parliament Pio Tikoduadua.
13 Sep 2020 15:08
New Restaurant And Kava Bar Opens In Nabua 
From left: Opposition Member of Parliament Pio Tikoduadua and Reverend Bruce Yates during the opening of the Mai Kana restaurant and Mai Kava bar on 590 Ratu Sukuna Road, Nabua, on September 11, 2020. Photo: Frederica Elbourne

The only way is up for Usaia Nakidakida, the proud owner of newly opened Mai Kana restaurant and Mai Kava bar.

Located at 590 Ratu MaraRoad, Nabua, the restaurant and kava bar was officially opened on Friday night by Opposition Member of Parliament Pio Tikoduadua.

Teary eyed and emotional, Mr Nakidakida said his five years of food catering business had paid off.

“I worked out of the National Aquatic Centre with the Korean owner of the restaurant that employed me. Prior to that, I offered food catering services.Everyday, every night, I prayed for a restaurant of my own.”

Mr Nakidakida used the past five years of food catering to save up for his first restaurant.

“I spent over $100,000 setting up Mai Kana and Mai Kava,” he said.

The bistro is eco friendly, and specialises in traditional iTaukei menu.

“If you can imagine all the Fijian dishes there is, you can appreciate that we can deliver each of them,” Mr Nakidakida said.

Mai Kana also offers other cuisines.

“We’re big about eco-friendly practises,” Mr Nakidakida said.

“I can’t stand plastic. Nothing in my restaurant is plastic – I just won’t have it.”

Mai Kana sources its eco-friendly ware from Star Printery.

 

Ambitious drive

Mr Tikoduadua congratulated Mr Nakidakida for his ambitious drive in opening a Kava bar and restaurant even with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve built up my client base, so I’m confident this will be a success,” Mr Nakidakida said.

Mai Kana and Mai Kava employs eight people.

The restaurant is located next to the Nabua market.

E:  frederica.elbourne@fijisun.com.fj

 

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