Less than two years after they opened their first branch of Ka Tunying’s Café along Visayas Avenue, Quezon City, journalist Anthony “Ka Tunying” Taberna and his wife Rossel have expanded their business by officially launching their second restaurant located along Timog Avenue.
During the branch’s media launch, Anthony shared why they decided to establish two more branches of Ka Tunying’s Café, given that the third one is located at NAIA Terminal 3. He also talked about partnering with the Bistro Group which handles international and local casual dining brands.
“Ang direksyon naman natin talaga ay progreso. Gusto natin lumago ‘yung negosyo and actually maraming gustong mag-invest dito sa atin kaya lang ayokong mabigla. Baka hindi pa ako nakahanda eh may mga gustong sumali. Kaya nandoon ‘yung Bistro (Group) to stabilize our system,” he said. Adding that the partnership happened last May, Anthony said that he was convinced to partner with them as they help them specifically with food. “’Yung enhancement ‘nung recipes, ang laki rin ng nagawa nila,” he told PUSH
While Anthony, who has television and radio shows, admitted that he is not 100% hands-on with the day-to-day operations, he said that he sees to it he has quality-checked the taste of the meals they offer. In fact, he also shared that they have dishes with secret ingredients that make them extraordinary such as their Arroz Ala Tunying. His wife Rossel is the one who gets to manage their businesses more.
The Umagang Kay Ganda host also talked about the possibility of opening their restaurant for franchise, especially now that they are with the Bistro Group. “Actually as early as last year, dapat ang launching namin ng franchising ay when we opened our third branch sa NAIA. Kaya lang hinold ko dahil sa ang daming nag-inquire tapos ang daming nagpadala ng letter of intent kaya lang hindi tayo ready. Pero ngayon, mukhang ready na kami. So I am crossing my fingers na sana ay makapagbukas tayo ng another store or two within the year.” He said they are looking at bringing their restaurant to the south of Metro Manila.
As for his future plans, Anthony revealed that he would still like to improve on his craft as a journalist. When it comes to business, aside from Ka Tunying’s Café, Anthony is working on a project that will involve out-of-school youth. “Hindi pa ‘to structured. Pero ang gusto ko, makapag-put up ng mga maliliit na negosyo na parang karinderya type pero iilan lang ang iooffer. Mga five, 10 items lang na ang mga tatao ay puro mga out-of-school youth. Maliit lang ang investment. Sobrang liit lang. Kumbaga kung malugi ka man, hindi masyadong masakit. Pinag-iisipan ko pa ‘yun pero darating tayo ‘dun.”