We opened on schedule a week ago, September 10, 2012. Of course it was a photo finish, and we just barely managed to get the chairs and tables in before we welcomed guests… very high stress stuff. Obviously, we are amateurs, and despite this being the fourth restaurant outlet we have opened, it doesn’t seem to get any easier…
The ribbon was cut by the Regional Director of the Visayas for the Department of Tourism, Ms. Rowena Montecillo, and the Provincial Director of the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) of Cebu Ms. Nelia Navarro. The store was blessed by the parish priest. Some 80 guests from the media, suppliers, friends and relatives put the kitchens to a trial by fire, and with a few glitches and delays we managed to feed all of them, and perhaps 40-50 walk in customers that first lunch.
The roughly 220m2 space has two floors, and seats 120 guests. We have a spacious entry way so folks buying take-away lechon don’t crowd into the dining area. For good luck, my mom’s old kitchen table was given a fresh coat of paint and we place floral arrangements, retail items and other items for customers to see up close.
The store has a huge window into the display/chopping area for lechons, and hopefully we will also have our boneless Zubuchon, some roast chickens basted in lard, and other meats on display…
In the photo above, Marketman checking out the new stainless steel “shield” we made to reduce lechon “splatter” during the chopping process. :)
A bird’s eye view from the second floor.
I particularly like how nice and airy and light filled the store is during the day… and it literally glows at night. :)
We decided to go with red chairs this time around, and purchased slightly larger tables to accommodate the serving dishes better than in our Mango outlet.
The upstairs has a private function room that can seat up to 30 people. And one could arrange to reserve the entire second floor which can seat 70 people. We don’t have a landline yet (PLDT says there are none available on that street) but will be getting mobile phones soon.
Zubuchon Escario Central
(Between the Shell Gas Station and McDonald’s)
Escario Street, Cebu City
Contact details to be updated as soon as we have a phone.
The older Escario outlet at the Escario building is temporarily closed for renovation. Please stay tuned for the opening of our fifth branch (and slightly different concept) in Talamban, beside the University of San Carlos, hopefully by the end of October 2012… :)