Saturday, January 24, 2009

Banchetto at Ortigas Center

For the past 3 weeks my wife and I have been to Banchetto at Emerald Avenue in Ortigas, Pasig City to observe a business opportunity. The place was introduced to me by my sister who has 2 outlets for more than six months already. Banchetto actually means feast and this place is participated by more than 50 food concessionaires who cater to call center employees at the Ortigas area.

If you are wondering why some of you have not heard of this before (if you have a regular 9-5 job) its because this "feast" actually starts at 12 midnight Friday and ends 12 noon Saturday. A portion of Emerald Avenue is closed to traffic to give way to maybe a hundred tents for food stalls and a dining area. What makes it click and unique? Majority of the clients' orders are cooked right in front of them. You can just imagine about 15-20 grillers cooking barbeque, porkchop, liempo, stuffed squid, burger patties and anything you would like to be grilled all at the same time. You can also find a number of shawarma outlets, rice in a box, mongolian rice meal bowls, tempura, sushi and of course several pasta dishes. Looking for desserts? Crepes, cakes, brownies, cakes and even native desserts are also available.

The atmosphere is in itself a feast. From 12 midnight to 5 am, call center employees troop down from their offices and eat their favorite dishes. Some stay and chat with their friends while some just order take-out. Food concessionaires are mostly satisfied since sales for a day (or night in their case) are good because of the client population.

Hopefully my wife and I can save up for a capital and join this business opportunity. We just need to be patient, resourceful and of course hard work because we need to be there instead of just resting at home after a week's hard work.


PinayKeyPoint said...

Hi there, this is a good venture both for you and your wife. Food is one of the most established business in this stage of recession since Pinoys are prioritizing food over other things.

Hub and I are also planning to start a "karenderia" biz along the highway here in our place this summer vacation and plan to involve my kids in running this biz. We plan to cater the growing population of truckers who usually park to rest for few hours. We plan to serve for 24 hours.

BTW Happy Chinese New year to you! Good luck to our biz :) I tagged you with Mel's prayer tag. It's in my recent post.


Vinay Rai said...

BTW well done .your blog is superbly organized and well written

Jan said...

That's a splendid idea to go into the food business. As they say, it's a basic need. One can do away with the fluff in life but not food. And that's a vote of confidence in this troubled economic times. Good for you both. Incidentally, I have an award for you in my blog. Not something as wonderful as awarded concessionaire contract. For something that's thought up to harass fellow bloggers with, I wonder why I can't just dump it on your doorstep. Hehehe. This award thing sure is a lot of work. :)