The Friday Photo: Hobbit House
This is Hobbit House, Manila, a regular on lists of the world’s weirdest restaurants.
It seems, at first blush, like an absolutely horrible concept: a Hobbit-themed bar staffed almost entirely by little people. But it isn’t. These are the staff.
They’re also the owners, now that Jim, the Peace Corps dude who set up Hobbit House in 1973, is old enough to be contemplating what happens when he’s gone. This is him:
And this is Ali, the front of house, who’s raising five kids on his earnings here.
Pidoy, the oldest of the team, is both consultant and director at Hobbit House. “When I was young, with my disability I was never expected to work,” he told me. “Now I have a wife, and two children, both of them through college.”
And sometimes, in the developing world, it really is that simple.