Papi’s Cebu: Working around the ‘cluck’

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OH, THE pandemic! It’s brought out lashings of unexpected things. From fitness converts and long-haired boys to rekindled hobbies, the pandemic has given birth to a plethora of variants (no pun intended).

For business partners and real-life couple Vanessa Espleta and Ailo Prince Aliño, they welcomed Papi’s Cebu, their pandemic baby.

“Papi’s is an online kitchen that serves up gourmet meals straight to your doorstep. Our menu started off with Korean meals and we’re slowly adding other cuisines into the mix,” shared Vanessa.

An idea long waiting in the pipeline, Papi’s was actually planned even before Covid-19 took place.

“When the idea of putting up a restaurant came up, it would always conclude with ‘puhon’ with no clear timeline,” said Vanessa.

Call it a blessing in disguise, but both Vanessa and Ailo had time to revisit their plan and slowly turn it into a reality.

“Because of the pandemic, our ability to earn was greatly affected. Being kitchen staff in a hotel in Cebu, we weren’t able to support ourselves fully due to scarce shifts. We had a lot of time to ourselves while we were out of work, and so the timing presented the perfect opportunity to test out this concept while also earning,” she said.

Being highly skilled and trained in Korean cuisine, it only became natural for the couple to debut Papi’s Cebu with Korean food.

Starting at P170 to P475, you can indulge in generous helpings of their best-selling Korean fried chicken and kimchi rice and Korean fried chicken salad bowl. If burgers are more your thing, they also serve Papi’s classic burger with an all-beef patty or Papi’s chicken burger that’s got a “crispylicious” chicken patty.

Since Papi’s Cebu is another cloud kitchen, orders are exclusively available for pick-up and delivery. Order through its Facebook page (@papiscebu), Instagram (@papis_cebu), or send a message through this number: 09052922787.

Vanessa also shared that although Papi’s was created as a pastime to survive the pandemic, they’ve decided to go “full force” and resign from their bread and butter. Slowly, they’re growing their own roster, cooking up mouthwatering food that’s made with a “heaping amount of love with the intention to nourish.” (RDR)

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