Idris Çolpan and his brother Namik opened Lale Pastahanesi in 1957.
At this time The Pudding Shop was the only place in the area the adventurous
could get direct transport to Asia and tourist information on Turkey
The tourists made The Pudding Shop famous, using it as a meeting and message center.
Idris Çolpan explained that "pilgrims" travelling East, often driving old cars or Volkswagen vans,
would stop at his restaurant to meet new acquaintances and find other travellers with whom to share
expenses and experiences.
The Çolpan brothers put up a bulletin board to handle all the messages from people offering
or hitching riders to Europe or the Far East.