Laid off Pinoy opens restaurant in Germany

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2009 06:10 PM | Updated as of Jun 04 2009 02:10 AM

A Filipino cook who lost his job due to the global economic crisis used the opportunity to open up his very own restaurant in Gummersbach, Germany.

Alex Latag started “Pinoy Chawking”, the very first Filipino restaurant in Gummersbach, with the money he saved from working as a cook in a Chinese restaurant.

“Nabigla din ako. Ang tao biglang dumadating. Maganda pero alis-dating, alis-dating,” Latag said.

Pinoy Chawking attracted not only the attention of Filipinos but foreigners as well as the restaurant offers its clients an “eat-all-you-can” promo for 5.95 Euro.

"Pagka-almusal namin nag-decide kaming pumunta dahil that is very new and it’s really exciting to learn and to hear na mayroong Pilipino na mago-open ng Chawking,” said a Pinay from Bonn, Lourdes Wobel.

Gummersbach-based Filipina Josie Roederer is delighted to know that a compatriot opened a restaurant business in the area.

"Isang malaking kagalakan sa akin na makitang may kababayan akong malakas ang loob na magbukas ng negosyo,” said Roederer.

For his part, Latag thanked all his clients and promised to further improve his restaurant’s menu and service. Reports from Ver Cuizon, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau