I am in Cebu and UTTERLY CRAZED at the moment. Besides the Ironman Race on Sunday, for which 1,700 participants and perhaps 15,000 visitors are expected in Metro Cebu and Mactan, I have a couple of other important “events” to attend to. Several blog readers who are participating in the race, and their friends and family are indicating that they might be dropping by Zubuchon outlets for some lechon over the next few days, so here are some suggestions so that we can handle any surge in traffic as best as possible…
First of all, thank you to the organizers of the race, who I do not know personally, who have placed an order for 35 whole lechons for race day, apparently to help feed organizers and volunteers… yipes, that’s 35 whole lechons for an early morning delivery time! :)
Where can participants and guests get some Zubuchon? If you are staying on Mactan island, the closest outlet, but also most likely to be swamped with guests is located at the ground floor of the Islands Stay Hotel just a minute or two from the Mactan airport. It can only seat 30-35 people, and the hotel is fully booked, so it could be quite full. The Mango Avenue branch is the largest, but still small at a total of 80 seats, but it has the most extensive menu. If you happen to be in the city checking out the route or sightseeing, I strongly recommend this outlet. Another small restaurant is located on Escario Street, near the Provincial Capitol, with say 24 seats. Here is branch location and contact information. Please note that we DO NOT take any reservations on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during peak meal times.
Islands Stay Hotel
ML Quezon Avenue (on the bike race route)
One Mango Avenue Building
General Maxilom (formerly Mango Avenue) Avenue
731 Escario Street
Many folks have sent emails, texts and called to find out about bringing home some lechon/chicharon as bitbit, pasalubongs, etc. While we have an outlet in the Mactan Domestic Departure lounge, predicting demand on weekends such as this is extremely difficult. So to ensure that you have some lechon/chicharon set aside, please, please, please call us at least a day ahead to reserve some lechon for you to take home with you… Many major roads are shut down on Sunday, August 5th, so we expect massive disruptions to transport of lechons to Mactan and the airport… so please reserve early to ensure we can meet your requirements. Thanks.
ZUBUCHON DOMESTIC AIRPORT (Lechon and Frozen Products take out only, no meals)
Domestic Pre-Departure Lounge
63.918.654.4678 (signal is sometimes dodgy in the lounge)
032.3402486 extension 3304
We have tried to gear up for the weekend, asked staff to work overtime, and brought in additional crew to help make sure we can handle the expected surge in customers this weekend… We wish all participants a very good and successful race, and we look forward to seeing you all if you have a hankering for pork. :)
Marketman and all of us at ZUBUCHON!