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Japanese chain Chibo scouting for Asian opportunities

Aug 7, 2018

Chibo-okonamiyaki

Japanese pancake-restaurant chain Chibo is expanding to new locations in Asia to attract previous visitors to Japan who may be familiar with their brand.

Chibo serves an Osakan specialty pancake called okonomiyaki, a seasoned dish that contains vegetables, meat and seafood. Increasing numbers of tourists from neighbouring Asian countries have been visiting Osaka, according to data from the local prefectural government.

Chibo-restaurant

The chain’s expansion began in May with a new location in Chinese Fuzhou. It plans to open in Taiwan and Vietnam in the coming months, hoping to reach 20 overseas venues opened by 2020.

The company is also targeting Muslim tourists by adding halal dining options to their domestic outlets, making the restaurant among the few that serve food that complies with Islamic practice.
Inside Retail Hong Kong

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