When one trades a legal gown to operate a chicken restaurant many would consider that person very foolish but as for Keitumetse Mokaila (nee Akanyang) she simply chose to step out of her comfort zone to explore her other capabilities.
After nearly five years of practice as an attorney in Francistown she decided to leave her job in April last year to pursue her passion for food which drove to the establishment of the newly opened restaurant Galitos flamed grilled chicken in Rail Park Mall, Gaborone.
She is now the master Franchise of Galitos in Botswana. Mokaila has always been risk averse.
‘If you are too comfortable, you are not living – you need to feel a bit of fire to do something worth doing and Galito’s Flamed Grilled Chicken Is worth it,” she said.
Mokaila said she is open to enter into joint venture agreements with others interested in the Galito’s franchise.
She said they pride themselves with the unmatched taste profile, stressing that their chicken and all meaty sides like livers are 100% flamed grilled from start to finish.
Mokaila was introduced to the Galitos by a friend in 2017. She then travelled to Swaziland (now eSwatini) to experience the Galitos flavour first hand. Thereafter she was hooked.
“From the Swaziland experience I started to appreciate how the brand can work in a similar market like our own,” she said.
Like in any other business, Mokaila said she did some due diligence, researched the brand and conducted a market survey locally before making the final decision. The process took about a year and in February the deal was sealed.
They are planning to open two more restaurants in Botswana in the next six months. The next store of Galito’s Flamed Grilled chicken is set to open before month end at Mowana Park in Phakalane.
Currently there are 142 Galito’s outlets worldwide. Eleven staff members, who are mostly youth, have been employed in Botswana and the store is run by a 22-year-old manager. Botswana is the 16th country in which Galito’s has opened –new markets signed and due to open are Oman and Sri Lanka.