World Cup a Boon for Vietnamese Cafés
Calitoday reports that M Cafe, a Vietnamese bar and coffeeshop in San Jose, has gotten so crowded during games that the owners put up an extra tent to accommodate customers.
Of particular interest to the Vietnamese-American fans was, of course, the U.S. team, which tied with England 1-1 over the weekend. But Germany and Australia also drew a lot of viewers. Nam Nguyen, Calitoday's publisher and editor, said that for the next 30 days, "the economy in San Jose as far as the Vietnamese coffee shops and bars are concerned is going to boom. If anything, Vietnamese coffee shop and bar owners are predicting the volume of customers to increase beyond capacity as the matches draw to a conclusion."
The problem will come once the last goal is scored. The tents will be rolled up, and the economic recession will, alas, likely return.