Pinoy restaurants are having a renaissance in the Philippines.
They are booming and growing in popularity, thanks to Filipino entrepreneurs like Tuan Y.B., a culinary instructor at the University of the Philippines and the director of Pinoy Restaurant & Lounge, a food-tasting club at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.
“I started this place in 2008 because I couldn’t find anything in Pinoys to make it interesting,” said Y.T., who opened the restaurant with his wife in 2014.
“So I decided to start my own.
I thought it would be interesting to have a different menu.
My first time I had a pizza, I ate the whole thing, because I was so hungry.”
Since opening his first restaurant in 2016, Y.P. has become a culinary ambassador for the Philippines, touring with his family in Manila and making appearances in restaurants around the country.
The business of Pinoys is not as easy as it used to be, said Y, who is from Baguio, in central Philippines.
“Now we have to go to a different place.
We have to find a different type of person to do the cooking.”
But Y.D.T. said he is not alone in his passion.
“There are many people who started restaurants, started restaurants and now they are closing them,” he said.
“They are trying to make money for their families.
They don’t like being poor.”
The food-loving Pinoy has also found ways to support his community in the restaurant industry.
He is a member of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce, and he has a restaurant permit in his hometown of Baguo City.
And he has helped build his restaurant through the support of his local community.
“People know I am from Pinoy and I help my community.
My restaurant is a safe place to live,” Y. D.
T said. _____