Open: lunch from 10am daily, including dinner Wednesday - Saturday
'I knew the youth needed skills and jobs to earn a living to have a better life and from this KOTO was born.' Jimmy Pham
In the late 1990’s our founder Jimmy Pham, a Vietnamese-Australian, returned to his birthplace Vietnam to work as a tour leader.
While in Hanoi he struck up a friendship with a group of young people living and working on the streets to support their families. He used his salary to help the kids but knew this was only a temporary fix for a long-term problem. Jimmy wanted to find a way to contribute to improving their lives without handing out charity. The street kids needed skills, jobs and an income for a better life. It was from this knowledge that the concept of our organisation was born.
Jimmy left his job in the tourism industry and opened a sandwich shop to provide jobs for the young people. He admits that in the early days he thought everyone knew how to make sandwiches, milkshakes and fruit juices. He was wrong. He soon realised that the children needed more than just a job. They needed proper training to ensure the success of the business and secure a better future for them and their families.
With the help of Australian chef Tracey Lister, and a $70,000AUD loan from his family, our first restaurant was opened.
The KOTO restaurant was later followed by a training centre...and the rest is history.
Our aim is to spread our teachings and philosophies to many corners of the globe where youth are the victims of neglect, abandonment and abuse in the hope of giving them an opportunity for a brighter future.