After the announcement of a new business venture called District 8 Manila earlier this year, not many details have been released about the new restaurant. The concept, which was first worked out over dinner and drinks at the house of councilor Paul Artadi where former San Juan vice mayor Francis Zamora, James Yap, Marc Pingris, Charlton Yu, and Daniel Padilla were in attendance. Francis recalled how it all started. “James, Marc, and Paul being PBA players and myself being a former UAAP player at the DLSU, DJ shared that he has always wanted a sports bar. That evening we planned to open one which we initially called first five. This would later on be converted into what it is now District 8, a hip Gastro Pub which is envisioned to be a melting pop of celebrities, athletes, and personalities with the help of renowned chef Kel Zaguirre and DJ Ace Ramos. During one of our subsequent meetings, DJ picked up his phone and called Vice Ganda to ask him if he want to joined, and he say yes. At this point District 8 was born,” he shared.
Francis said that his interaction with DJ has always been good. “I have met DJ several times before through councilor Artadi. In fact we both graced the opening of his Greenhills branch along with Kathryn Bernardo in 2015. I’ve always considered Daniel as very humble and respectful considering his superstar status. In fact he called me Tito or Sir and I was always tell him that we are just the same age (laughs). DJ is very involved and hands-on in the conceptualization in District 8. He would take time out from his very busy schedule to attend meetings and give his input. I know he’s very excited as this will be a major business venture,” he admitted.
With the hands-on approach of each business partner in their new business, Francis knows that fans of DJ will be satisfied to see his newest business finally open in two months as they might even get the chance to meet their idol in person hanging out at Distirct 8. “District 8 will open on August 8 this year at 8 pm for a lucky 888 number. Expect your favorite celebrities, basketball players, athletes, and personalities to be dine in District 8 because each of us partners have made a commitment to always be there. Each and every partner gives significant input in the conceptualization of District 8. It is called such because we are 8 incorporators plus our superstar chef once it will open. Expect to enjoy a fusion of international flavors and wide array of drinks hip looking Gastro Pub while enjoying music by superstar DJ Ace Ramos. Expect different theme nights as we go along for a different feel every now and then,” he said.