The Filipino global brand Bench’s latest innovation, the dining concept restaurant Bench Café, celebrates its first anniversary at the Bench flagship store in Bonifacio High Street this January. And January 29 marks the opening of its second branch in Greenbelt 3, Makati.
The Bench Café—which is now a partnership between FOODEE Global Concepts run by the father and son tandem of Rikki and Eric Dee; and Suyen Corporation, headed by Chairman Ben Chan, President Virgilio Lim and Vice-President for business development Bryan Lim—imbibes the bench overall thrust (and social media hashtag): #LiveLifeEWithFlavor.
FOODEE Global Concepts Eric Dee describes the partnership this way:
“Bench Café brings traditions from all over the islands to create flavors that are distinctively Filipino, in a style that is uniquely Bench, and that is casual but sophisticated, simple but substantial, local but global — all at good price points. We are proud and happy to continue to partner with Suyen Corporation in Bench Café’s expansion and bringing its unique flavors to more Filipinos as we open our second restaurant in Greenbelt 3.”
Celebrity sightings at the January 29 opening include: Bench endorse Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, Raymart Santiago, former supermodel Tweetie de Leon, couple Robby Mananquil and Maxene Magalona, fashion show director Robbie Carmona, and young stars Grae Fernandez, Leila Alcasid, Angeline Isabelle Montano, Maggie Planas (Daniel Padilla’s younger sister), and model Michelle Dee.