So, what are the interests of millennial nowadays? Art? Music? Travel? Food? Sports? Fashion? One may agree that it’s all of the above, but most of all millennial loves food—that is why food-parks are becoming a fad these days.
According to Prime Philippines, a real-estate consultancy firm, the demand for retail space driven by the food-and-beverage (F&B) sector, which was mostly occupied by food parks, is taking up 42 percent of the available retail space. This is relatively high compared to 6.1 percent Real State Renting and Business Activities in 2010, as per the Senate Economic Planning Office.
The food-park concept entices business owners since it’s affordable and flexible compared to setting up in malls. Its ambiance is also very inviting and sometimes artistic, which encourage millennial to visit. It’s also becoming one of their “hang-out” places. Popular food parks include Maginhawa Food Park and The Yard at the Xavierville.
Carnival Food Park
Recently, in 2016, another food-park opens to public in Marikina City called Carnival Food Park. It is carnival-themed food park, which houses to at least 18 food stalls with different offerings like T-bone steak, Pastas, Burgers, Fries, Grilled dishes, etc.
Carnival Food Park is one of the most visited food parks today because it caters not just to millennial but also to different ages. It opens from 4PM until 12MN and will take you to a carnival feels because of its well-lit environment, fun games, cool music, and its cute set-up. Others also enjoy taking picture on its entrance, with its LED lights and a carnival gate.
Grilllax Flame Hut
What started as a joke to open a grilling business, now become one of the most-dined food stalls in Carnival Food Park. Grillax Flame Hut is a baby business of sports-events coordinator Pia Canzana Delos Reyes. It’s her idea of grilling while relaxing (Grill + Relax = Grillax).
“Actually the idea of Grilllax came from my cousin because they have grilled restaurants in Davao, they have I think 3 or 4 restaurants in Davao, I’m into events kase so everytime I go to Davao mahilig akong pumunta sa kanila and when I tried their food yung grilled, so when I tried their barbecue dun na nabuo yung concept na dalhin sya sa Manila, but it started as a joke lang yun eh hindi naman sya seryoso that time, until na-offer din sakin yung place so nagkaruong din talaga ng chance na maging seryoso (Actually Grilllax came from my cousin who manages grilled restaurants in Davao, they have 3 or 4 restaurants. I’m actually into events, so every time I’d go to Davao, I always visit their place and try their food especially their grilled barbecue. And that’s how the idea of putting up a grilled restaurant in Manila came, but we are not so serious that time and then this place [in Carnival Food Park] was offered to me)”, Delos Reyes narrated.
Everyone might think that if you have money to fund a business and you have an idea, you can easily open one, but no one said that those are just the start and sooner you’ll encounter challenges that can make or break you. Luckily, being in the events industry helped Delos Reyes manage those challenges.
One challenge that she cited was sourcing the best supplier for her restaurant’s everyday needs. Since she’s aiming for authentic Davao taste for her menu, shipping the orders from Davao became a little challenge for her at first. But she addressed it quickly, and they never encounter scarcity of supply at the moment. She also trained her staff so they could prepare the foods exactly as how they do it in Davao.
In an interview, Delos Reyes pointed out how proud she is of her staff. From only 4 staffs, they now have 12 in her kitchen.
For the menu, one of the staple dishes that the customers are having is her saucy Grilled Pork BBQ (3 pcs for PhP 90.00). Another favorite is their Grilled Tuna Panga (PhP 250.00), which they are importing from Davao. Patrons like it because it does not taste fishy unlike others.
They also have Tuna Platter for PhP 700.00 composed of 1 Tuna Panga, 6 Rice, 8 BBQ, 2 Chicke BBQ, and 4 Shrimp; another is Bangus Platter for PhP 650.00 with 1 Bangus, 6 Rice, 8 BBQ, 2 Chicken BBQ, and 4 Shrimp. These platters can be good for at least five people, and it’s cheaper than other restaurants.
Delos Reyes also expressed her happiness because a lot of their visitors always recommend Grillax to their friends and families. In the future, they’d like to expand their business and hopeful to open another 2-3 branches around Metro Manila and its neighboring regions.
Now, you’ll have a taste of Davao at Grilllax Flame Hut!
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