The quarantine has turned a lot of us into “quaran-chefs” and though trade has been down for the rest of the world, food business is still as booming as ever. Restaurants have limited capacity these days due to Physical Distancing, as a result most businesses have remodeled as take-out shops and expanded their delivery options.
Online Food Business has become a part of the new normal, but a great number of start-ups have little to no idea where to get their equipment and supplies. Budding entrepreneurs end up buying in the ever convenient malls, which are mostly double the price of what you can get directly from suppliers.
THE GREAT HUNT FOR KITCHEN STUFF
I am a business owner myself, and opening a shop during the pandemic is one great deal of a challenge. Sunday’s Cheesecakes was bound to open last March, but the lockdown has hindered us to do so. Although we are pressed for time and everything else, we had to re-strategize and move the opening date to July.
The conquest in finding our Kitchen Equipment and supplies started, and I personally had to broaden my suppliers to be able to find the best deals. From big equipment like ovens, refrigerators, freezers, up to the tiniest kitchen tools and decorations for the shop, we had to source everything out in a limited time.
I am still lucky, because living in the middle of the Metro allows me to access possible suppliers from both North and South. I have decided to share my kitchen finds on my Facebook Page, hoping to provide broader options to my fellow food entrepreneurs.
DISCOVERING FB HARRISON
A broad street in Pasay City has become one of the “kitchen havens” for home-cooks and restaurateurs alike. It is the home of one of the biggest equipment suppliers in the industry.
IB COM Kitchen Equipments started as a “kitchen designs” business in the Philippines, following their host company from Malaysia and China. Soon, they started supplying for big hotels like Sofitel, and other leading hotels and restaurants in the country. IB COM has opened its doors as a one-stop-shop for all your restaurant and kitchen needs whether it is for a home-based business or a large hospitality company.
Complete Address: IBCOM, 2162 – 2168 Brgy.25, Zone 4, F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City
Contact Numbers: 09778590814. 09399373431. 09171675414. 09399373430
Here are some photos of what to expect when you decide to visit IB COM.
RESTAURANT DEPOT is another hot spot when it comes to opening a food business. It’s a complete one-stop-shop for all your supplies and raw materials. This establishment has everything you would possibly need, from juice concentrates, dairy, baking needs, frozen fruits and vegetables, meats, noodles, packaging materials, small equipment, they have it all. Just make sure to secure your Restaurant Depot membership card before you check-out at the cashier. Restaurant Depot card is FREE of charge.
Complete Address: 2738 F.B. Harrison St., Pasay City
Here are some photos of what to expect when you decide to visit Restaurant Depot.
And while you’re at FB Harrison, you can also check-out the nearby street of Cartimar for more food and kitchen finds. Cartimar is known for Japanese and Korean stores seated beside each other. Check-out Kitchen and Carry for more kitchen supplies and check-out Masan Grocery for your Samgyup and Hotpot/Shabu-Shabu needs.
Please practice proper sanitation and health protocols if you decide to go. Always wear a mask, sanitize your hands, and observe physical distancing at all times.
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