A cafe specializing in sweet and savory snacks has opened in West Watford.
Owner Jaffar Shah officially opened his new Chaii Junction business in Whippendell Road on Sunday.
The restaurant serves hot and cold snacks including Chai tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milkshakes, donuts, wraps, samosas and kebabs.
On Sunday Jaffar, born and raised in Watford, was joined by his father Zafar and other family members for the cafe’s grand opening, which saw a dilapidated building on the corner of Harwoods Road transformed.
Zafar said: “This is the first cafe of its kind to open in Watford, you might say, and family and friends have been really excited. This type of cafe is needed in the area to serve the local community.
“I’m very proud of my son. He worked hard to make this happen and did a lot of research on the menu.”
Zafar says the cafe currently operates a take-out and delivery service between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m., but looks forward to welcoming customers throughout the day and seating soon.
Watford Mayor Peter Taylor and North Watford Labor Councilor Asif Khan also attended the Jaffar business opening.
Mr Taylor said: “It will be a lovely place where members of the local community can meet and enjoy the range of food and drink on offer. Watford Council works closely with local businesses as we know how to how important they are, providing local products jobs and places to meet.I wish Mr Shah the best in this new venture.
Cllr Khan added: “I was happy to support the opening of Chaii Junction, it is a local family business. The owner, Jaffar Shah is a young man who put a lot of thought and dedication into his opening, supported by his proud Father.
“That day they served a great cup of pukka. I support local businesses and admire the entrepreneurial spirit shown. Small and medium enterprises should be supported by all and are the foundation of the economy Watford local.”