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    Dear friends,

    Am new to this forum and would like to thank all the members for posting valuable info practically on all the subjects.

    To intoduce I am from India and was thinking for quite sometime now to relocate to DR. Back in India I am running my own business.............................howewver at this juncture am looking to pursue my passion and was wondering how good or bad it will be to start INDIAN FUSION FOOD ( restaurant, outlet or may be even take away and in which city).

    Would appreciate if members can also share highs and lows of relocating to DR, life in general and other info which may be of help to me.

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    RB

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    Welcome to the forum. Speaking generally, there are already more than enough restaurants. They come and go and only a few seem to do well. This is not to suggest yours would not be successful, but competition is tough and the rewards are small or non existent for many.

    One problem right now is that tourism is not booming and a great many that come here stay in all inclusive resorts with their meals included in the price of the room.

    If you don't have the resources to keep going for 6 months or a year while you try to build your business, and would be dependent on the business to support you when living here, I would think long and hard about walking away from a successful business there to open a restaurant of one sort or another here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RB1970 View Post
    ... how good or bad it will be to start INDIAN FUSION FOOD ( restaurant, outlet or may be even take away and in which city).
    Good in Las Terrenas, where a multinational community would welcome such a restaurant. Also in other places where many 'gringos' reside.
    However, your business would mainly depend on foreigners and well-to-do locals; the majority of Dominicans are not much into spicy food and eat their 'bandera' 365 times a year...

    A's to all other Q's are found via the search function.

    All the best.

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    It would work in one of the two big cities, in a location that attracts middle class/wealthy Dominicans + expats, or on the east coast (please!).

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    Thank you for your valuable inputs folks.

    Just checking, are there many Indian Restaurants around? It's a myth that Indian food is spicy.. I am talking about authentic Indian. As per your suggestions, I am assuming that places like Santo Domingo or Punta Cana should work better (more touristy places)?

    I have visited most of the DR sites online but wanted first hand information about life in DR, cost of living, quality of life. How much would one need to lead a comfortable life? I have a five year old daughter so a good school is a necessity.

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    I think Indian food may have a go in one of the larger cities. I would recommend having the the typical Dominican food along with the Indian food as many Chinese restaurants have done. If you are frugal it can probably be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RB1970 View Post
    Thank you for your valuable inputs folks.

    Just checking, are there many Indian Restaurants around? It's a myth that Indian food is spicy.. I am talking about authentic Indian. As per your suggestions, I am assuming that places like Santo Domingo or Punta Cana should work better (more touristy places)?

    I have visited most of the DR sites online but wanted first hand information about life in DR, cost of living, quality of life. How much would one need to lead a comfortable life? I have a five year old daughter so a good school is a necessity.
    No Indian restaurants. Does that tell you something?

    If you do plan to open one up, focus on the local market, forget tourists, unless you want o be poor or broke. Work out how you're going to get authentic spices etc into the DR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip View Post
    I think Indian food may have a go in one of the larger cities. I would recommend having the the typical Dominican food along with the Indian food as many Chinese restaurants have done. If you are frugal it can probably be done.
    I disagree...

    You don't need to put Dominican food on the menu to have a successful restaurant.

    The successful Chinese restaurants in Santo Domingo are just that, Chinese food.
    The successful Italian, International, Steak, specialist etc restaurants in Santo Domingo are the same.

    Then again, if your market is the barrio, then Chip is right.

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    dear robert

    is it that in past people tried running indian restaurants and it did not work, or no body ventured .....................opening indian restaurants.


    there was this chutney or chutnay restaurant in San domingo.....is it still operational operational..............on web link it said please reserve 2 days in advance ?

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    Welcome to DR1. Good luck with your venture.

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