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Keeping it warm after hours

Atasa Moceituba
Friday, March 09, 2018

LOOKING for a place to have the best and cheap barbecue, the Kolikata's barbecue stall is the place to be.

Whether you want slow roast of an entire chicken thigh or simply grilled meat chops these are satisfying and perfectly made.

Taraivini Kolikata said they had started their business in 2001 and had been serving barbecue for the past 18 years to the people of Nabua and passers-by.

She said she was still in primary school when her parents started their barbecue business where she and her twin sister would help her parents out with the vegetable peeling and packing of foods.

"Barbecues were sold for $2.50 a serve and the price went up to $4 and now we are selling it for $6 a serve," Taraivini said.

She said they usually spent $500 on meat chops which were bought from supermarkets for $100 a plastic bag.

In a day she said they could make 100 or more and earned about $1000 or more just from selling.

"We sell six days a week from 4pm to 5am every day. My aunty, twin sister and I sell from Mondays to Thursdays while my mum sells on Fridays and Saturdays since it's a busy day."

Taraivini said business had its ups and downs but despite the challenges they faced they remained focussed.

"Over the years we didn't really have to worry about anything we didn't have competitors but now things have changed we have competitors who are also selling barbecue."

They began selling from 2001 and today more families had joined.

On a slack day she said they could earn $400 to $450 and served about 40 people a night adding school days were the slackest days for business.

"We usually buy five plastic bags of meat chops which have 55 pieces."

Taraivini said the money they earned helped them pay off their newly purchased mini-van and a hybrid car.

"I have three sisters and a younger brother. My twin sister and I are the ones who look after our business when my parents are busy."

She encourages the public to work hard.

"You'll have to struggle if you want to end somewhere good."


Chop meat, sausage, salad and cassava — $5 a serve

Chicken, sausage, egg, cassava and egg — $6 a serve.

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