For the love of sandwiches

His passion for making sandwiches drove him to start this kiosk named Din Don Quick Bytes. After closing Din Don Quick Bytes, I return home at 10 p.m., but I manage to balance both,” he says, as I pay the bill and leave. Din Don Quick Bytes is located opposite Velammal Vidhyashram, Guduvanchery. He handed me the menu which listed a range of mouthwatering sandwiches. His menu features 47 sandwiches and mojitos.

Being an entrepreneur, I often run tight schedules that leaves me with just enough time to rustle something up in the kitchen. One night, I was back from work and saw there was no food at home. I decided to head out for dinner. I would have ended up eating the same masala puri or pani puri had my eyes not fallen on this small stall near my house in Guduvanchery.

I stopped my cycle and decided to give the eatery a try. “Welcome sir, have a seat,” said the one at the kiosk. To me, he looked professional, which baffled me. Curiosity began to gnaw at me.

He handed me the menu which listed a range of mouthwatering sandwiches. I went through the menu carefully and settled on my favourite cheese-grilled sandwich.

“Please give me two minutes, sir; your sandwich will be ready soon,” he said. Such kind response from a chef was new to me. Obviously, this only piqued my interest.

Unable to contain my curiosity, I start chatting with him, as he prepared my sandwich deftly.

It turned out that Donny was a professional at a top MNC. His passion for making sandwiches drove him to start this kiosk named Din Don Quick Bytes.

“I enjoyed making sandwiches for myself during my free time. Eventually, I decided to take this passion to next level and set up this small kiosk,” said Donny.

Before I could shoot more questions, Donny served me my piping hot cheese-loaded sandwich in a bamboo basket instead of plastic plates. That impressed me further, as I am a hardcore environmentalist. “How did you manage to set this up?” I asked him, while biting into the sandwich.

“I have been saving a part of my salary to start this kiosk. Of course, I received support from my friends and family as well,” says Donny, who finishes his full-time work around 6 p.m., heads back home, takes a 10-minute break and changes into his chef ensemble.

His wife prepares all the ingredients required for the day’s business, at home, and packs it for Donny. His menu features 47 sandwiches and mojitos. His chocolate mayo sandwich is one of the hot tickets. “I have had customers, especially the local crowd, asking me for paani puri and masala puri on several occasions. I learnt that they still love their bajjis. Finally, I added chaat items and savouries to the list so that I am able to cater to a wide group."

I still had one question — how does he find the time to run the business? “That is my greatest challenge. After closing Din Don Quick Bytes, I return home at 10 p.m., but I manage to balance both,” he says, as I pay the bill and leave.

Din Don Quick Bytes is located opposite Velammal Vidhyashram, Guduvanchery.

(Pavankumar Raghavendran is a resident of Guduvancherry) Stay updated with all the Chennai Latest News headlines here. For more exclusive & live news updates from all around India, stay connected with NYOOOZ.

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