The Monitor :: Size 10 Restaurant Takes Local Cuisine A Notch Up
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Size 10 Restaurant Takes Local Cuisine A Notch Up

Childhood friends, Oaitse Chamme and Gaone Dixon live to the adage that birds of the same feather flock together. Driven by passion for cooking and entrepreneurship the pair finally opened a traditional cuisine eatery they long dreamed of.
By Pauline Dikuelo Mon 30 Jul 2018, 18:00 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Size 10 Restaurant Takes Local Cuisine A Notch Up








Located in the heart of the capital city Gaborone, Size 10 restaurant offers traditional food that include seswaa, mokwetjepe, mokoto, koko ya Setswana, oxtail served with either bogobe ja lerotse, pap or dikgobe.

Just barely a month since the official opening of the eatery, the duo expressed excitement about the reception noting that they would soon extend their operating hours to weekends as they currently open from 10am till 6pm weekdays.

Dixon tells Monitor Business that they identified a gap in the industry and piloted their idea since May this year at the CBD, where they received encouraging feedback.

“It was one of our business ideas that we always brainstorm. Everything happened so quickly, I was on my way to buy seeds at Landmark and crazily when we got there we then decided to buy three-legged pots; that’s how our business started,” explains Dixon.

According to the duo, they have dreams of expanding their business beyond the borders. The note that unlike their competitors, who sell traditional food in the street, they decided to have a formal set up where they cook using firewood and three-legged pots.

“We want to empower other locals on the process by buying firewood from

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them as well. We basically want to change the game and have places where tourists can come and taste our local food cooked using water, salt and oil as we don’t use spices,” he says.        Size 10 Restaurant also does catering depending on the customer demands and orders. From next month, the restaurant intends to serve breakfast, and the cuisine to include mala, dintshu, serobe, menoto, diphilo, mapakiwa and mangwinya.

To take their business up notch, people can order Size 10 food using ‘my foodness’ app and get them delivered at their doorstep, pay using either cash or swipe.

But like any other start-ups, there are challenges. Amongst which is the government restrictions, as they are still struggling to get a licence that allows them to cook on open spaces. Dixon however says they have engaged authorities to help.

“We want to set up structures that would appeal to even customers who just come to our place as a venture. We have bigger plans of having a franchise that will operate in other countries,” he says.

The duo said that they complement each other with Chamme’s marketing skills, playing a major role in marketing the business.

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