Foodies have something to look forward to when Manila launches the weeklong Manila Restaurant Week, slated from 20 to 27 September.
Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said the promotion is expected to give the local food business a boost, as well as generate employment and enliven the city after a long period of work stoppage.
The mayor said the campaign is the brainchild of Levi Facundo, permits bureau chief, and aims to support the city-based entrepreneurs, particularly local restaurateurs, the city government and the local economy as well.
Domagoso said all these will be accomplished, while the patrons will be made to “savor memories of the past as you dine with our partner restaurants amid the view of Old Manila.”
The said project is an offshoot of the “Manila Support Local” campaign launched earlier by the city government to encourage the public to patronize Manila-based establishments when they eat, shop or buy any of their needs.
“This citywide celebration is meant to promote Manila restaurants, from the most prominent ones to the ‘hidden gems.’ Each time you avail from our partner restaurants, you give back to these establishments the honor of being resilient amid challenges from which we are truly grateful,” the mayor explained.
Facundo said that as of this writing, 66 restaurant owners have already expressed their desire to partner and join in the weeklong festival.
Each participating restaurant will offer prix fixe breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at affordable rates to promote their restaurant by showcasing their specialties and new concoctions.
Facundo explained, “As we welcome you back to where history and food collide, we invite you to travel back in time as we launch a weeklong food festival. This festival aims to support the different businesses in Manila during this pandemic by promoting and acknowledging them.”
He added, “For the first time in history, as the City of Manila adapts to the restrictions placed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are virtually launching the Manila Restaurant Week 2020, designed to capture the attention of the public and introduce each participating restaurant. Media, celebrities and influencers will go around each participating restaurant to introduce their prix fixe menus on livestream media via various and popular online platforms.”
“Manila Restaurant Week” will be held every month for eight days (from Sunday to Sunday) until the situation returns to normal.
Participating establishments, whether fine dining, casual dining, cafes, bar or lounges, have been required to promote the program for at least two weeks in their social media pages and on their front doors for walk-in customers.
The virtual grand launch will be on 15 September in various venues that will be announced later.