The idea of this initiative is the creation of Armenian traditional restaurant, touristic attractions and development of the infrastructure for tourists and locals in a location where it’s the most needed.
Unfortunately, on the way to Tumanyan sub region which has amazing UNECSO heritage sites and it far form Yerevan 4 hours’ drive and there is no any good place for tourists to eat to relax and to enjoy. Most importantly in whole Armenia there is not a single restaurant which is fully concentrated on presenting local traditions and this restaurant will have significant value for the tourists. It is located on the main road and it will be easy accessible for tourists.
The traditional kitchen will serve 100 % natural healthy food from villages, the restaurant will have traditional design, service stuff will be in traditional dresses, traditional music, songs and dances will be part of the beautiful experience of tourists and locals.
Near the restaurant will be installed small market where locals will sell souvenirs, local sweets, village food, fruits, etc.A space with attractions for children will be installed next to restaurant too.
In the restaurant tourists will find all the needed information with the geolocations of touristic places in the region. At the same time there will be cultural activities like baking of traditional Armenian lavash, different master classes, etc.
The restaurant will be in a part of the city which was constructed after the earthquake which took the lives of relatives of the inhabitants of this part of the city after which they have moved here in houses built for them. But infrastructure is too bad, there are no any places to go also, there is not any single café and restaurant for inhabitants around.
This project will contribute to the development of the infrastructure of the area which is awful at this moment. At the same time, it will create jobs for locals. In parallel we will undertake social project to improve the lives of the inhabitants.
We will also provide tour to the Kamakatar (Dream realizer) church which is 10 minutes’ walk from the restaurant. The church is on the beautiful mountain from where tourists can enjoy amazing view of the surrounding mountains and the Vanadzor city itself.
I took this initiative as I came to Armenia from Ukraine with the ambition to contribute to the development of the country and I understood that this kind of project will be wonderful for tourists and locals. I think that the reason this wasn’t done before is that it will not bring lots of profit but I have also personal interest to do that myself as my father was from this region and I know how the development of this area is important because the locals saw so much suffering because of the earthquake, socials conditions, luck of infrastructure, cultural events, income etc. I am sure this will have multiplicative effect and other people will start investing there too and locals will have jobs and better life conditions. Besides that Lori is the 2nd poorest region in Armenia, minimum one person from 3 is poor and Vanadzor city suffers lot because of luck of job positions.
The kind donations from you will serve to realize this social entrepreneurship project. Like you I am also investing myself to bring development and smile. I have a building which I am going to invest in this project, the construction is almost done as you can see in the photos, I just hadn’t enough money for the cosmetic renovation, furniture, equipment etc. At the same time I need money for the development of the infrastructure, installation of the market and attractions, marketing budget, money to pay the workers at the beginning, etc. I have about 20 000 USD that I am going to invest in this project and for the realization of this project I need another 109 000 USD. Please kindly make your contribution to the development of this beautiful and forgotten corner of the world.