CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan – After 80 years of dishing the “best chicken barbeque” in its old place fronting the Manila bay along Roxas Boulevard in Malate, Manila, Aristocrat Restaurant finally comes home to the hometown of its founder following its grand opening Saturday morning in Bgy. Tikay here.
Established in 1836, Aristocrat Restaurant was founded by Dona Engracia “Aling Asiang” Cruz-Reyes, a native of Bgy. Atlag, in this city and her husband Justice Alex A. Reyes.
Prescilla Reyes-Pacheco, President of the Aristocrat Restaurant food chain, said the old recipe of Aling Asiang continues to allure Filipinos and now they are happy that they have opened a new branch in the renaissance city of Malolos, the hometown of Aling Asiang.
Raymond Reyes, chairman of the board, said that even Overseas Filipino Workers or OFWs and Balikbayans will go straight to Aristocrat Restaurant in Malate when they come home from abroad.
“They just love the old taste of our foods,” Reyes said.
Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando and Malolos City Mayor Atty. Christian D. Natividad graced the grand opening of the Malolos Branch of the 80 years old Aristocrat Restaurant.
Fernando said Bulakenyos like him are glad that it has come home to Malolos because like him many Bulakenyos have fond memories of their parents bringing them to Aristocrat every time they went to Luneta.
“Their trip to Luneta wont be complete without eating at the Aristocrat restaurant. Now that it is in Bulacan, many more will enjoy its delicious barbecues,’ Fernando said.
City Mayor Natividad said the opening of the Aristocrat Restaurant in this city is a “grand homecoming”.
“Aristocrat Restaurant is part of Philippine History and now it has come home to the historic renaissance city of Malolos, the very home town of its owner Aling Asiang,” Natividad said.
Natividad added that Aristocrat Restaurant, famous for its chicken barbeque, adds luster to the growing rows of popular along the Macarthur Highway in Bgy. Tikay here.
The Aristocrat Restaurant now has 14 branches located at Roxas Boulevard in Malate, Jupiter in Makati, Robinsons Place Manila, Sta. Mesa Hiegts, Quezon City; Banawe, Bgy. Manresa, Quezon City; SM Manila, SM City San Lazaro, SM Mall of Asia, Subic Bay, S&R Shaw Boulevard, SM City Dasmarinas, Marcos Highway, Antipolo; Anabu1-D Imus, Cavite and now in Malolos City, Bulacan. —EMIL G. GAMOS