Some celebrities choose to bow down from the showbiz limelight after marriage. This is what happened celebrity couple to Romnick Sarmenta and Harlene Bautista. Have you ever wondered where they are right now? Presently, they’re busy managing their new business venture called Salu – a Filipino-inspired family restaurant located at Quezon City.
In a report by Smart Parenting, the celebrity couple opened up about what encouraged them to venture into food industry. According to Harlene, they share the same interest when it comes to food which drioe them to put up a family restaurant.
“It’s really our passion for food, doon talaga nagsimiula.”
“We really support each other. Whatever endeavor that I want to get into, sinusuportahan niya talaga. And most of the time naman pareho kami nginterests. I think that’s what makes us successful in a way.”
Despite not having a proper education when it comes to being restaurateurs, the couple made a huge gamble from owning a coffee shop and a small bar years ago to putting up ‘Salu’ which offers authentic Filipino dishes. According to Romnick, they still find time to spend one meal a day with the entire family.
“Ang gusto namin i-cater talaga are families. As Filipinos, very important yung oras sa dining table. It’s where the time we can communicate most openly,”
Taken from the word “salu-salo,” the Pinoy-themed restaurant also offers regional delicacies such as the Pinalutong na Sisig Hito, Binagoongang Lechon Kare, Brazo de Mercedes, Brazo de Kalabasa and Hinurnong Manok. To capture the true taste of these foods, The celebrity couple even traveled to different parts of the Philippines and personally spoke with local farmers and later seal a partnership to help their livelihood prosper more.
Aside from the tempting menu, the family restaurant has a lot of fun gimmicks. Salu offers buffet on weekends, a table primarily dedicated to “tusok-tusok’ or street foods and even the popular 80’s children’s party food such as hot dogs, pineapples and various fruits.
There was also an area specifically designated for children. It is a little sari-sari store that offers kids free classic Pinoy snacks like “Mikmik,” “Lemon Drops,” “Chocnut,” and “Tarzan”
“And doon sa kids area, may mga child-minders para hindi nagwo-worry yung parents na sino nagbabantay, baka nag-aaway na yung mga bata. Para nage-enjoy din yungparents kasi alam namin yan, lima anak namin.”
Romnick Sarmenta and Harlene Bautista have five children: Abijah (18), Seki (16), Bo (10), Merel (7), and Yuwela (3). Their eldest, who took a crash course on becoming a chef, even volunteered to be a kitchen worker, admitted Harlene.
“Yun yung gusto natin ituro sa kanya; we want them to start sa pinakamababa muna. Kailangan mapagdaanan mo at matutunan mo lahat, hindi pwedeng hindi ko mo mayroon kang pribilehiyo na kayo and may-ari, eh, manager ka na or boss ka na,”
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