Over the years, I have had the opportunity to establish quite a good number of cafes that specialize in exotic cuisines. I find the process of establishing such cafes (which specialize in exotic cuisines) very satisfying. It is a challenging process, yes, but one that can also turn out to be very satisfying.
When trying to establish a café that specializes in exotic cuisine, you have to (firstly) figure out whether there is a market for the exotic cuisine you wish to offer. People who have a lot of exposure, and who are therefore quite sophisticated are the ones who are likely to have appreciation for exotic dishes. This is why you find that in most cases, the cafes specializing in exotic dishes are set up in upper middle class areas, or in areas that are frequented by the wealthy (and presumably well-traveled) folks. Of course, you also have the option of setting up a cafe that specializes in exotic cuisine in a lower middle class area. But that can be a challenging undertaking, especially if you are looking at an area where people eat to survive, as opposed to an area where people enjoy dining as a leisure activity.
Another issue you have to deal with, when trying to establish a café that specializes in exotic cuisine, is that of getting chefs who are qualified to prepare the (exotic) dishes. Sometimes, you are simply unable to find adequately qualified chefs in your locality: meaning that you have to ‘import’ the chefs, and deal with the complexities that come with movement of labor across the borders.
Yet another issue you have to deal with, when trying to establish a café that specializes in exotic cuisine, is that of getting the ingredients for the (exotic) dishes you wish to be offering in the café. Again, at times things get so bad that you have to import the ingredients – and thereby deal with the complexities that come with importation of foodstuffs.