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FOLLOWING the success of his joint venture with Manila-based Mega Resto, which brought Yakimix to Cebu, Cebuano entrepreneur Robert Chua of Robbie Trading Supply has opened a new venue.

He and his partners are behind Buffet 101 in the City Times Square in Mandaue City.

They have their eye on diners who frequent hotels for buffet dining, and can seat up to 600 persons. Buffet 101 features a 145-meter U-shaped buffet table with over 300 dishes to choose from, at an affordable price per diner.

Chua said that Buffet 101 hopes to serve Cebuanos who love food but also want it to be affordable, as well as consumers who are always on the go or don’t have time to prepare meals for important occasions.

Dining out more

“We now see a shift of people opting to dine out as a result of improved purchasing power. Traffic going to their respective homes is also a major concern now of consumers so they opt to just dine outside rather than in their homes,” said Chua, who also distributes fresh vegetables and fruits to big supermarkets.

Buffet 101 sits on a 1,500-square-meter property. It serves Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Western and Filipino dishes, and has two function rooms for private parties.

Buffet 101 in Mandaue City is also the firm’s first expansion outside Metro Manila.

New branch

“The company has high hopes in Cebu because it is one of the fast growing local economies and is the second biggest after Manila. We feel that opening Buffet 101 will complement the province’s other thriving industries like retail, real estate and tourism,” said Chua.

The place charges P699 for lunch and P799 for dinner.

According to Chua, Buffet 101 will not compete with the Yakimix brand because the latter caters to a different market. Citing good market feedback for the brand, Chua said they will be opening another Yakimix outlet in SM Seaside City by February 2016.

“Cebu’s dining landscape has evolved. The market now is open to trying out dishes, and there’s also the influence of tourists who come here and have made the market more adventurous when it comes to food,” he said.

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