Mexicali Food Corporation

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Mexicali opened its doors in February 1993 - the dream of three siblings, Gonzalo,Dennis and Francesca Mabanta, who over the years had enjoyed very much the Latino culture and cuisine of San Francisco's famous Mission District.

The Mabantas missed the taste of this particular San Francisco-Mex style food in Manila, and so decided to do something about it. When a space became available at the Ayala Center in Makati, the first ever San Francisco-style burrito in the country was born. In 1993, there were quite a few naysayers who said that the concept wouldn't work,

since Filipinos really like Mexican food (though they enjoy the margaritas). The siblings were young and inexperience, and so did not listen to the pessimistic business advice. Throwing caution to the wind, they just went ahead with it. Thankfully, Mexicali has not only survived, it is actually not far from its 20th year of existence, with thirteen branches around Metro Manila serving thousand of happy customers. It has become the biggest quick service Mexican Restaurant chain in the country, and has even spawned a few imitators to boot. And the previously unheard of original California burrito is now a well-known word amongst local foodies.

In 2009,a fortuitous event happened: eldest brother Gonzalo married a Latin American woman, Claudia Hernandez, and a new element was brought into the Mexicali family. It had the effect of reenergizing and reinvigorating the restaurant chain, as Claudia it turned out was an enterprising businesswoman as well as an expert on the cuisine of Latin America. When she joined up, all sorts of things started to happen from the menu, the service, a logo redesign, ongoing interior renovations they even came up with a brand new bestseller: the famous Mexican soft corn taco, a must-try if you haven't had it yet. Ahh, the power of women.

National Capital Region
Food & Food Services
From 51 to 200 workers

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