En­trepreneurial besties open first resto ven­ture

The Freeman - - BUSINESS - Ehda M. Dagooc Staff Mem­ber

The thriv­ing food and bev­er­age busi­nesses in Cebu prompted mil­len­nial best friends Roy­din and Ken to join the res­tau­rant choices in Cebu.

Roy­din Mal­abuyoc and Ken Kudo, both in their early twen­ties pooled their sav­ings to­gether to open up a Ja­panese in­spired resto­bar called “Ku­doku.”

This young bud­dies spent an es­ti­mated P3.5 mil­lion to P4 mil­lion to start their en­trepreneurial stint, although Kudo, a half-Ja­panese Ce­buano is still main­tain­ing his job in Ja­pan vir­tu­ally.

“I de­cided to come home be­cause life is here,” said Kudo.

Kudo stayed and worked in Ja­pan briefly af­ter col­lege as a plant en­gi­neer.

Mal­abuyoc on the other hand was work­ing in a high­end res­tau­rant brand in Cebu.

Both gained their cor­po­rate ex­pe­ri­ences, the en­tre­pre­neur-duo be­lieve that start­ing with a busi­ness in an in­dus­try they love is a good en­try point.

The tough com­pe­ti­tion in the food and bev­er­age busi­ness in Cebu does not bother them at all, say­ing the vi­brant tourism in­dus­try in Cebu and the im­prov­ing pur­chas­ing power of Ce­buano make a good res­tau­rant thrive, they said.

“We ven­tured into resto­bar be­cause every time I come home and meet with friends we al­ways find our­selves catch­ing up over good food and drinks,” Kodu shared.

Th­ese en­tre­pre­neur friends are cap­i­tal­iz­ing their grasp of the thick mil­len­nial mar­ket in terms of of­fer­ings, and gigs.

Their menu choices for in­stance are de­signed specif­i­cally to cap­ture the dis­cern­ing taste of mil­len­nial din­ers, such that their Ja­panese in­spired dishes are not claim­ing to be au­then­tic but a play be­tween Ja­panese and Filipino taste­buds.

“We use Ja­panese in­gre­di­ents, tech­niques, meth­ods but we added a unique taste for lo­cals to en­joy,” they said.

Ku­doku Ja­pane­sein­spired res­tau­rant is lo­cated at the Green­ery life­style strip along Pope John Paul II Av­enue, Cebu City.

EHDA M. DAGOOC

Roy­din Mal­abuyoc and Ken Kudo, both in their early twen­ties pooled their sav­ings to­gether to open up a Ja­panese in­spired resto­bar called “Ku­doku.”

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