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Turkish block in Tbilisi2012-09-10 19:40
David Agmeshenebeli Av. is open for a year after the restoration work. This is one of the most important and longest streets. The older generation often calls this prospectus the Mikhailovskaya St. And for the middle generation this is the Plekhanov St. And it is known that almost all business is under the Turks. We can say that for the last 15 years this place has turned into a kind of Turkish block of Tbilisi.
You can confidently say about the Plekhanov St. that it is probably the only street entirely in the European style in the city. The idea of creating a new street belonged to Vorontsov - a governor of the Russian Tsar in the Caucasus in XIX century.
After restoration the street looks different: surface and facades are reconstructed, new asphalt was laid, all kinds of utilities were updated, and of course, a modern lighting was installed, in the light of which the restoration work is visible better. Therefore, it is not surprising that the area was chosen by the Turkish restaurateurs.
Now, on the David Agmeshenebeli Av. there are dozens of Turkish restaurants, cafes and shops. Turks first came here about 15 years ago. As it always happens with the representatives of this nation, the first Turk was followed by the others. They do not like to settle throughout the city. In a foreign country, they prefer to live and work in compactly, creating a little world.
On the second floor of a three-story building there is Turkish teahouse. Visitors are mainly Turks, but there are exceptions. For example, we have found an Azerbaijani. It appeared that he was frequenter of this teahouse, well acquainted with the owner. Here, they are playing cards, watching interesting matches, drinking tea and talking. Current owner Shaaban Adaly lives in Tbilisi for the 5th years. His wife is Georgian.
- How did you get here, and why you stay?
- I do not know, well, as it usually happens: you want to expand your business, you begin to look for new partners, trying to find a new market - and you come to another, often neighboring country. I'm from the Black Sea coast, Georgia is the nearest country. And then, the Turks started coming here, and the demand is the father of the supply. If there are the Turks, therefore, we need the teahouse. Then I fell in love with a Georgian woman. I did not want to leave - I fell in love with this country, and now it's only fitting. At first it was difficult, but today I'm fluent in Georgian. Now, I feel at home.
- Your clients are mostly Turks? Is it hard to imagine a Georgian, drinking tea instead of wine?