Trellis: A business that binds the family

THERE'S always one thing that binds the family together, in fact, there's countless in the case of Falcon family.

This time, however, beyond the blood that runs in the family is their new business venture that not only binds them together but also gets everyone do their share. The newly-acquired business, the Trellis N' Vines, makes it all possible for them.

Restaurant owner Leah Falcon said their penchant for food is where the decision to take over Trellis N' Vines is coming from, even though they have little to no idea in running a food business at all.

"Kahit wala kaming idea to run the business, pero love kasi namin ng family na magkain sa labas. So, we decided that we take over," she said.

She said former owner, the Magtoto family, is a close family friend of the Falcons, so instead of selling Trellis N' Vines off to people whom they do not know, they rather made a deal with them.

"They want, instead of other people to buy it, why not a family friend nalang to take over. Kasi sayang eh! They started with a good relationship with customers," she said.

"Kami ng husband ko are based in US, and then until two years ago, we planned to go back and settle down. Kaming magkakapatid nag-usap-usap kung talagang kaya ba namin to run a restaurant," she added.

Trellis' N' Vines has been under new management since first week of June 2013. Just last week, its grand relaunching was staged at the bigger place at Autoville Compound on Torres street, Davao City.

The location can hold 50 to 70 diners at a time, with a partition to accommodate functions for up to 50 persons, and a small patio for al fresco.

Location is not the only thing new about Trellis, there are plans to improve the menu, possibly adding more equally delicious offerings while retaining those which the restaurant is known for.

"We're trying to improve menu, I know it’s already improved but if there's anything that needs to change to make it better," she said.

Part of the plans they are laying out today is to open another branch in General Santos City by next year, if everthing turns out to be good for Davao branch.

"Kung mag-workout, gusto namin mag-branch out sa General Santos, closer lang sa Polomolok, hopefully next year," she said. Her family hails from Polomolok, South Cotabato.

Leah assures repeat diners that the quality of foods is retained even with the new management.

Among their bestsellers are the Chicken Biryani, a traditional Indian rice dish, and the Baby Back Ribs, a well-loved American classic. Also, among the recommended dishes include the Crispy Canton, or the more exotic alternative, the Chap Chae, a popular noodle dish in Korea.

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