How these 3 foodpanda restaurant partners worked their way to the hearts of Dabawenyos

FOODPANDA, an on-demand food delivery service in the Philippines, has surely got you covered when it comes to your grilled pork, roasted chicken, and sweets cravings because BBQ Nation, Manokhan Roasters, and The Social Donuts are on their platform.

Check out their success stories to see how there's really a way to start small, dream big, and make it!

BBQ Nation - Mr. Allan Jeremy Cruz and Ms. Alexes Anne F. Cruz

It was in 2017 when Allan, and his wife, Alexes, opened a small stall for their barbeque business. Since then, BBQ Nation, now with four branches in Davao City, has gained a following because of its delicious flavors from different countries.

“We wanted to create different flavors of barbecue based on the different countries we have gone to and adapt it to the Filipino’s taste, that’s why we came up with BBQ Nation. We just wanted people to try something unique and yet familiar. We want BBQ Nation to remind people of their home, of Filipino culture, and of being a Mindanawan,” said Mr. Cruz, owner of BBQ Nation.

According to Mr. Cruz, they also experienced struggles when it came to manpower, suppliers, and finances but they survived and they continue to grow because they love what they do. His tip for aspiring business owners is that they should be observant, resilient and humble. Lastly, he shared that the best part about the business is how they are able to create dishes that make people happy.

Manokhan Roasters - Mr. Alekhan Cruz and Ms. Ana Kristina Cruz

Mr. Cruz’s ultimate goal is to see Manokhan Roasters go beyond serving simple meals and be able to develop healthy and unique-tasting food for everyone.

"It all started in August 2017 when I envisioned having my own lechon manok business but with a twist. We decided to craft a new flavor of healthy lechon manok with malunggay and honey. After some time, we added up some Filipino dishes like chopsuey and pancit canton. We also came up with the idea of catering to our Muslim friends by cooking pork and chicken separately. That way, they also get to enjoy our food," shared Mr. Cruz, owner of Manokhan Roasters.

Initially, they had a hard time finding the right location, formulating their budget friendly pricing, and creating the extraordinary taste of their lechon manok, but through their hard work and perseverance, they are now able to enjoy their business without sacrificing quality time with their family.

The Social Donuts - Ms. Maria Leslie Catalo

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can -- these words gave us all we need to continue the hustle, make our diskarte, and work on our goals,” shared Ms. Catalo, owner of The Social Donuts.

Two years ago, Ms. Catalo started The Social Donuts by converting her parents' garage into a small kitchen workstation. They started promoting the business via their Facebook page. Fast forward to today, The Social Donuts is now one of Davao's well-known local doughnut brands. Currently, they have a branch in a mall and are soon expanding their franchise operations.

Ultimately, the goal of these restaurant partners is to make people fall in love with the food scene in Davao City. Indeed, the joys of eating knows no bounds and you can discover these for yourself with the foodpanda app. (PR)


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