tunying the restau­ra­teur

YES! (Philippines) - - Stargazing -

An­thony “Tunying” Taberna an­chors two ra­dio pro­grams on DZMM: Ta­p­atan ni Tunying ev­ery Fri­day night, and Dos Por Dos (along with fel­low ra­dio com­men­ta­tor Gerry Baja) ev­ery late af­ter­noon from Mon­day to Fri­day. Both pro­grams are viewed on the ra­dio sta­tion’s live stream­ing chan­nel, DZMM TeleRadyo. Tunying also co­hosts the early-morn­ing life­style show Uma­gang Kay Ganda on Chan­nel 2.

And here’s more: the 42-year-old broad­caster is also a restau­ra­teur. Along with his wife of nearly 10 years, Ros­sel Ve­lasco-Taberna, he owns and runs Ka Tunying’s Café. He named his food busi­ness af­ter his late fa­ther An­to­nio Taberna Sr. “Siya ta­laga ’yong Tunying. Ju­nior niya ’ko,” he told YES! when he for­mally in­tro­duced the restau­rant’s mas­cot, Ton­ton, last June 29 at the restau­rant’s Ti­mog Av­enue branch. (Other branches are found on Visayas Av­enue and at the Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port’s Ter­mi­nal 3.)

“Ang to­too niyan, hang­gang kagabi, iba ang pan­galan niyan, e,” he said, re­fer­ring to the mas­cot. “Sabi ko, Ton­ton na lang, para re­lat­able pati sa mga bata.”

The broad­caster-restau­ra­teur also rein­tro­duced some of the din­ing spot’s dishes to make them more ap­peal­ing to both reg­u­lar and prospec­tive din­ers. At the same time, he an­nounced that Ka Tunying’s Café has en­tered into a part­ner­ship with The Bistro Group of Restau­rants to stay com­pet­i­tive in the food busi­ness.

The Bistro Group of Restau­rants op­er­ates sev­eral restau­rants, in­clud­ing TGIFri­days, Ital­ianni’s, Denny’s, Texas Road­house, and Buf­falo Wild Wings.

Ka Tunying’s spe­cial­ties in­clude Bak­bakan Plat­ter, tinapa chow­der, Ca­banat­uan longsilog, and kangkong and tuyo pasta. The Bak­bakan Plat­ter con­sists of roasted le­chon pork belly, fish fil­let with salted egg rolls, gis­ing-gis­ing, and a bowl of rice.

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