A Babbler said Lao, owner of Choi’s Garden and Gloria Maris, is teaming up with his BFF, Robert See, to reopen the latter’s Century Seafood Restaurant which was shuttered in May 2020 in the middle of the Luzon-wide lockdown brought about by the pandemic.
Lao and See does not only plan to reopen Century Restaurant’s Malate branch, the partners want to expand the popular Chinese resto to other sites in Manila, Makati, Quezon City and San Juan.
The partners are currently finalizing terms with Tan for a new lease agreement. The restaurant will be managed by See’s son.
The Babbler said Lao’s takeover of Century would cement his hold as the country’s Chinese restaurant king.
Based on initial plans, Babbler said Choi Garden would expand in malls, Century would specialize in small family gatherings, and Gloria Maris for big events like weddings.
The Babbler said Lao cooked up the deal while waiting for the arrival of three deep sea mining vessels to be used by his partner, Apollo Global Capital, in extracting magnetite iron ore off the shore of Cagayan.