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Café Javas opens in Lugogo

Uganda’s fastest-growing restaurant chain, Café Javas (CJ’s), has opened another outlet at Lugogo mall, bringing to nine the number of outlets in Uganda.

The others are at Namirembe road, Bombo road, Kampala road, Nakawa, Kira road (Kamwokya), Oasis mall, Victoria mall (Entebbe) and Parliamentary avenue.

Word on the grapevine is that the proprietor, Al Haj Omar Mandela, will soon open a second outlet in Kenya (before end of March).

Now, if you thought the other Café Javas outlets were buzzing, you haven’t been to the Lugogo one, clearly. At the newly opened outlet at Lugogo Shopping mall there is hardly a moment when there is any empty table.

Sorry for your ‘Jan-worries’, but pass by this outlet and you will start having a mental debate as to whether there are two different economies in this country.

For CJ’s revelers, January still consists of 31 days like last month, and not 72 days as some are already moaning. Of course the usual top-notch customer care service engulfs the place – and I can even risk saying, it is slightly higher than at any of the other outlets.

This Café Javas occupies the prime, corner space previously occupied by Andrew Rugasira’s Good African Coffee cafe.

Now the once dying Lugogo mall has been brought back to life with Javas’ famous crowds.

Even as many Ugandans bemoaned the slow economics of 2018, finding a table or parking space at a Café Javas remained a hustle. Mandela has clearly mastered the art of packaging fast food as fine dining by focusing on big portions, great taste and superb customer care.

Mandela continues to decline any interviews, but he nevertheless has praises for his Ugandan workers for the Café Javas success story.

Remember that report that claimed Ugandan workers are the laziest in East Africa – that you need more than three Ugandans to do the job done by one Kenyan? Well, for Mandela, give any Ugandan a decent pay (Café Javas is reported to pay above industry averages), regularly train them and you will have the best out of them.


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