The Maldives’ first Pizza Hut outlet was officially launched Wednesday night at a festive ceremony in the capital, the most high-profile fast food chain to open in the city to date.
Economic Minister Mohamed Saeed opened the outlet in Malé Square which can cater for 70 dine-in customers.
Long queues were seen outside the outlet on Thursday morning when it opened to the public at 11:00 am.
The joint venture company Gamma Island Foods, which operates the outlet, comprises the local firm Island Food Maldives and India’s Gamma Pizzakraft Overseas, which runs more than 300 branches of Pizza Hut and KFC in India and Sri Lanka.
An official from Gamma Island Foods said the country’s first KFC outlet would also soon open at Malé Square.
Pizza Hut and KFC outlets are also to debut at Velana International Airport by Italy’s HMS Host International.
Burger King, Coffee Club and Gloria Jean’s Coffees are also set to launch in the Maldives.