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Demolition Day

The City recently sent the bulldozers onto the streets of Tirana to tear down some local businesses - mostly restaurants. All the premises that were destroyed consisted of extensions that had been built onto existing structures. Presumably, these businesses never had permission to build these extensions, though there are many other buildings of the same kind that remain untouched.

One of those to go was Tirana's only Malaysian restaurant, Eastana. Even though its take on Malaysian food is not quite what you might expect, it did add a little variety to the choice of restaurants in the city and was quite popular among expats. The owners have put up a notice promising that the closure is only temporary and that they will be back in business soon.

Thanks to Steve for the photographs. He just happened to be in the right place with his camera when the bulldozers moved in.




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