Mercato Centrale opens 1st physical store in Makati City
18 August 2021, Philippines – Ten years after it was initially launched, the popular Bonifacio Global City’s weekend night market Mercato Centrale on Friday, August 6, opened its first physical restaurant called Mercato United Kitchen, a cloud kitchen housing 19 vendors for takeout and delivery.
Aiming to serve not just the customers but also “foodpreneurs” amid the pandemic, Mercato Centrale had been able to pivot into the growing global restaurant model of cloud kitchens while retaining the original Mercato spirit with an alfresco dining setup and considering all protocols in place.
With its new brick-and-mortar concept, The Mercato United Kitchen is located in Ayala Circuit Mall in Makati City. It allows customers to order various dishes from different merchants under one delivery fee.
Their local brand partners include: Above Sea Level, Bounty Sprouts, Capa’s Seafood, Crisp,s Chef Rocky’s Kitchen, Green Meat Hub, Cabanatuan’s Harvest Cafe, and Bistro, Ibarra’s Kitchen, Cavite’s Pizza, Didi Kahatea PH, Khuttz Diner, Kuranosuke, PARES Express, Takoichi, The Gourmet Kitchen, Tipsy Cream, Wildsmoke, and Woke Brothers.
They are also introducing international brands The Cheesecake Factory and Cebu’s Zubuchon Lechon to their roster.
Mercato United Kitchen is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm during enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and from 10 am to 9 pm during general community quarantine (GCQ). Customers can order for citywide delivery via 7719-0808, Mercato’s website, GrabFood, Foodpanda, or DingDong PH. Contactless ordering in-store is also available via a QR code.
Meanwhile, Alfresco dining with protocols will be allowed when the ECQ is lifted.
Mercato Centrale’s Midnight food fair was first launched in 2011 at the BGC Tent, featuring several local startups and food businesses in one place.
The weekend food festival closed for business at the start of March 2020’s lockdown. But they were able to launch their first online delivery portal in June 2020. They reopened for outdoor dining in October 2020 at High StrEAT, an outdoor takeout food market at the Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater in Taguig City.
RJ Ledesma, an award-winning host, serial entrepreneur and also serves as Honorary Vice Consul of Monaco to the Philippines, co-founded the food and lifestyle night market.
ABOUT MERCATO CENTRALE
Mercato Centrale is a destination lifestyle food market that delivers a wide variety of great and unique tasting food, organic, pastry, and beverage products that are one-of-a-kind.
It was inspired by the vibrant food markets of Mercato Centrale in Italy, Boroughs market in London as well as the hawker-type market in the bustling night markets of Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand.
They incubated many great food concepts that have successfully ‘graduated’ from the market and have grown and become successful themselves, including Manang’s Chicken, Mamalou’s, Shawarma Bros, Brasas, Bawai’s, Merry Moo, Sunrise Buckets, Tokyo Tempura, and many more.
It was also the only food market in the Philippines mentioned in the World Atlas of Street Food published in 2017.
All of the vendors in their markets undergo a rigorous vetting process by participating in a ‘Taste Test’ regularly.
Moreover, Mercato Centrale together with the industry’s top players has already developed a Restaurant Business Network— a network of strategic partners (mentorship, product development, food and equipment suppliers, HR, business permits, micro-financing and financial literacy, accounting and taxation, payment gateways, brand management, digital marketing, packaging and design, food safety and hygiene) that help food startup businesses become sustainable, successful and scalable.
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