Funnside Ihaw-Ihaw San Matias opens with a blast

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Sunday, September 11, 2011


THE grand opening of the newest food destination in the town of Sto. Tomas has been greeted by a blast of attendees, food lovers and local residents who took advantage of savoring the good food, at a 50 percent discount at that, despite the sudden downpour of rain.

The opening of the grill house, operated by Jhong Naguit and Lee Manalapas, started with a grand motorcade along the busy MacArthur Highway here and the thoroughfares of the City of San Fernando.

Hailed as the next food destination in this part of the province, it is arguably the biggest grill house in the province that also offers regular food orders of native Kapampangan and Japanese dishes.

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The grill house started its lunch time operation with hundreds of curious customers lining in. I found myself seated in the company of fellow media men Boy Santiago of DWRW and Albert Lacanlale of CL Newsweek while waiting for our food fix courtesy of the owners of the restaurant.

The blissful ambiance and well-ventilated establishment provided the needed comfort from the teeming horde of hungry customers. Waiters and cooks were in a frantic mood, as they tried to service the large number of customers.

As for the food, the people who attended the event had a fun time choosing their grill selections and waiting patiently for the staff to grill them before their eyes.

Mayor Lito Naguit hailed the opening of the establishment as a new addition to the growing number of grill establishments in his town. He said that he would like to see Sto. Tomas as a food destination for people who have a penchant for grill food.

With the opening of Funnside Ihaw-Ihaw San Matias, the hope of officials here as the next “Grill Capital” of Pampanga and draw in people are not totally far-fetched. Besides, it only starts with a good idea, good food and excellent service to keep people coming in.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 12, 2011.

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