CELEB EATS

DEREK’S BAR­RACKS

YES! (Philippines) - - In this Issue - TExT BY jocelyn t. valle Pho­ToS BY melo balingit

Tagaytay City has been home for ac­tor Derek Ram­say and his fam­ily for 22 years. The par­ents live in a large house and the chil­dren visit reg­u­larly.

Ma­tri­arch Reme­dios “Medy” Ram­say spear­headed a num­ber of fam­ily-owned busi­nesses in their home city, start­ing with a med­i­cal re­treat and re­sort she called Le Petit Par­adis. She ran the place for a few years, and even had a stall sell­ing home­made soaps and creams.

In De­cem­ber 2016, she re­opened Le Petit Par­adis as a restau­rant but only for a short while. A few months later, she launched a multi-stall din­ing hall, com­monly re­ferred to as a food park or food hub, and named it The Bar­racks Food Camp on the Ridge, or sim­ply, The Bar­racks.

On its open­ing day last July 7, Derek told YES! how the new­est fam­ily busi­ness came about: “Miss Busi­ness­woman”—point­ing to his mother stand­ing be­side him—“out of the blue, said, ‘O, Derek, meron akong idea. I’m putting up a food hub.’ I didn’t ar­gue with her. I agreed with her right away. But I didn’t imag­ine it would be up three months af­ter she brought up the idea.”

Not­ing the big turnout of din­ers, he added: “As you can see, it’s jam-packed. I didn’t ex­pect this many peo­ple. Yeah, I can see it’s gonna be a big suc­cess.”

With its mil­i­tary theme and sig­nage bear­ing the im­age of the ac­tor/ath­lete/prod­uct en­dorser (left photo), this new din­ing place is hard to miss. Derek’s mother, Reme­dios “Medy” Ram­say, the brains be­hind The Bar­racks, made sure the food park would have a va­ri­ety of culi­nary choices and no rep­e­ti­tion of menu items.

The Bar­racks sits on a 1,000-square-meter lot. It has two floors with 15 food stalls on each level. The stalls re­flect their spe­cial­ties in their names, like Hooaah—The Mighty Chicken; Yam­ato Ja­panese Foods; Ahoy! Mix Mex Match!; Mommy Nanz Spe­cial Bib­ingka at Puto Bum­bong; Mis­ter Pusit; Papa Bear Mam­moth Burger; Beef Over­load; Tapa Cor­ner; Pasta Coun­try; RSM Bi­nalot & Hot Pot; Hen­eral Sisig; and Cof­fee G.

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