Young actress and businesswoman Barbie Imperial is glad that her worries are now over after a restaurant she co-owns with friends has gone back to operating again.
Imperial spoke about how she and her business partners were affected by the pandemic which almost made them close their Tipsy Pig bar and resto. The actress is a co-owner of a Quezon City branch.
“Siyempre po noong una ay nahirapan kami lahat kasi halos lahat ng bars and restaurants sa QC ay nagsasara na rin. Before, ang dami pong tao sa Morato area, before sobrang mabenta po siya,” she said during an online press conference on Oct. 15, for her upcoming show “Bagong Umaga.” “‘Yung ABS nandiyan, and dami pong kompanya na nandiyan so maraming umiinom doon, maraming kumakain.”
(Of course at first we had a hard time because most bars and restaurants in Quezon City were closing. Before, there were so many people in Morato area; before, we were doing good business. [ABS-CBN] was there and there were also many other companies there, so a lot of people drink and eat there.)
With the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, Imperial and her partners initially thought of closing the establishment, since drinking and dining in were prohibited anyway. But they did not push through with a closure because a rising demand for their food eventually came through orders and deliveries. They thus decided to continue the business by still cooking their food inside the restaurant.
Now, all branches of the restaurant chain are again open, and customers are already allowed to dine in and drink.
“Nakakatuwa po na kahit paunti-unti ay bumabangon po ang mga business ng mga tao,” she said. (It’s a joy to see people’s businesses slowly picking up again.)
“Bagong Umaga” will start airing on Oct. 26 on the Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live and A2Z channel 11. JB