(Small businesses) Pork cutlet shops and else
|The problem with articles such as this in Chosun Ilbo is that they are not articles but rather like infomercials. Like in this case, the article itself written usually by a newspaper reporter is accompanied with a text introducing someone like a franchise owner. But I won't deny that stories like this would be of help to someone.|
The article/infomercial tells that as the economic slump is continuing, shops combining two or more items (chômp'o pokhaphwa) are getting wind under their wings (which shouldn't be a surprise to anyone). These are the examples:
1) Pork cutlet (tonkkasû)+udong+ ch'opap ("vinegar rice") – all Japanese-originating dishes. Tonkkasû became famous as a very profitable dish when Kwon No-gap, the old time confidant of Kim Dae-jung, told that he had financed the Democratic Party (Minjudang) from the profits of his wife's pork cutlet place.
2) Espresso and "herb" (hôbû) shop; got to admit my ignorance about the latter one; most likely some drink.
This is supposed to do good where there are lots of younger people like university and office areas.
3) "Shabushabu" and samgyôpsal place; here's another I need to check out – seems that shabushabu is kind of a beef dish, or a way to prepare thinly sliced beef. (Shabushabu with k'alkuksu in the linked picture)
4) Children's book and video lending;
And the examples of succesful businesses of the above items: Pork cutlet, udong, and vinegar rice shop and a children's book and videa lending shop.
The woman who opened the pork cutlet and all restaurant did so because felt her husband's job was unsecure. "The money I earn is a lot more than my husband's monthly salary, so he comes directly from work to the shop to help me." She is lucky to have such a ch'akhan husband - or the husband is lucky to have such a good-earning wife. Expenses and income given in the text: 43 sq.m shop, opening expenses 90 million W (60 000 €); after 5 months, average daily sales 7-800 000 won. Net profit last month 7 million W (4700 €).