, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 24 – Nairobi restaurants are expecting to reap big during the visit by Pope Francis to the country from Wednesday to Friday this week.
Those who spoke to Capital FM Business expect to double their sales through the event as people are expected to throng the capital to see the Pope.
KFC Brand Manager Jemimah Baariu says they expect to increase deliveries during the period.
“We are expecting more than one million people to be in Nairobi on Thursday for the Holy Mass, they would definitely want to eat. We are also targeting tourists from within and without the country; this is very exciting for us,” Baariu said expectantly.
On their part, The Cafe Deli’ coffee house and restaurant chain is expecting double sales throughout the time the Pope will be around.
The coffee house has already seen 50 percent rise in sales during the period especially during lunch and evening coffee.
The chain has baked a gigantic, “Pope Francis Cake” to mark the Pontiff’s visit to Kenya.
Cafe Deli’ Founder and Chief Executive Obado Obadoh said the Pope Francis Cake is meant to capture the festive mood by Catholic Church faithful and all other Kenyans who view the Pope as an inspirational and unifying leader.
“It is our tradition to mark such big occasions with commemorative pastry, when President Obama visited Kenya, Cafe Deli’ baked the Obama Cakes which were a big hit with our customers,” said Obadoh.
Customers of the restaurant chain can view the 20kg commemorative cake at Cafe Deli’s Tumaini House branch, formerly known as Green Corner restaurant.
Those who wish can also order smaller replicas of the Pope Francis cake at any of Cafe’ Deli’s three outlets including the Moi Avenue and the Kenyatta Avenue branches.
Pope Francis is expected to arrive on Wednesday evening up to Friday when he will head to Uganda before proceeding to Central Africa Republic.
After arrival, the Pope will head to State House Nairobi where he will hold talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta for 30 minutes before meeting other government officials and members of the diplomatic corps.
On Thursday, the Pope will wake up to yet another busy day with his first meeting with inter-religious group at the Apostolic Nunciature.
At 10, he will head to the University of Nairobi for Holy Mass.
Later he will meet with the clergy at St Mary’s School before visiting the UN Headquarters in Gigiri.
On Friday morning, the Pope will hold a one hour session with 1,200 representatives from 11 slums in Nairobi who will converge at St Joseph’s the Worker Catholic Church in Kangemi.
The Holy Father will then proceed to Kasarani Stadium where he will meet thousands of youths from different parts of the country before holding talks with Kenyan bishops.