Son opens rival Chinese language takeaway subsequent door to his dads after household falling out

By Fiona Frawley.

A warfare of the takeaways is getting underway in Ballyfermot, as a son is opening a restaurant subsequent door to his dad’s after a household falling out.

Lam’s takeaway has been in enterprise on Dublin’s Ballyfermot Highway for 32 years and this week Jonathan Lam, son of proprietor Ken, has launched his personal enterprise subsequent door, aptly named “New Lams”.

Chatting with the Irish Solar, Jonathan revealed that the falling out occurred when he was let go from the agency final yr after asking his father for a pay rise.

Following the dismissal, Jonathan determined to open his personal takeaway, whereas Ken has additionally utilized for permission to open a brand new sit-down eatery just a few doorways up from the 2 eating places.

Jonathan says he has been serving to at his father’s takeaway because the age of eight, earlier than occurring to work there for twenty years as an grownup.

The stint got here to an finish following what Jonathan describes as a ultimate confrontation together with his dad over pay after beforehand being “fobbed off” over the difficulty for “a few years”.

“Not revenge”

Forward of the scheduled opening in two weeks, Jonathan has insisted the brand new enterprise “shouldn’t be revenge”.

“It’s heavy, it’s onerous”, Jonathan instructed The Solar.

“I nonetheless love my da, it isn’t revenge. What would you like me to do? I’m from this city. It (asking for the pay rise) is the straw that broke the camel’s again. It isn’t simple for me. If I don’t do that, I’ll by no means forgive myself.

“No one simply units up a enterprise beside their da (for no cause), are you aware what I imply?

“It’s a very emotional factor for me. This entire course of may be very emotional, even speaking now I’m welling up.

“I labored there for 20 years and he simply let me go. I’ve a household to feed”.

Chinese takeaway Ballyfermot

Lam’s takeaway on Ballyfermot Highway, picture by way of Google Maps

“Dignity is gone”

When requested by The Solar about understanding a decision together with his son, Ken stated:

“I don’t assume so. That’s how low-cost he’s. His dignity is gone. In case you open a store, why open beside me? He can open someplace else. It’s making it awkward, why?

“I’m on the sting of retirement. So I don’t fear about it, are you aware what I imply? However they may, they may fear. They’ve to fret”.

New Lam’s is because of open on Ballyfermot Highway in two weeks.

Initially printed on LovinDublin.

Originally posted 2023-04-04 14:21:08.