By Abner Galino
A FILIPINO restaurant that has been gone for five years has re-opened as another in the heart of Filipinotown in Los Angeles bade goodbye to its clientele.
Noypitz Bar and Grill officially opened its doors again to its Filipino American clients at noontime Saturday last week. The ribbon cutting was officiated by Philippine Consul General in Los Angeles Adelito S. Cruz and California state senatorial candidate Mike Eng.
The restaurant which used to be situated by the freeway 134 in Glendale has found a new home in Lakes Drive, West Covina.
Manager Laurence Gumban is very happy to be reunited with many of his co-workers from the old Noypitz and considers the change of venue as among the advantages of the new Noypitz. The old Noypitz closed in December 2013.
“I think we have a better location — in terms of parking and structural additions and also, I think we have a bigger Filipino American community here,” Gumban said.
He added Noypitz remains as it was: fine dining restaurant and entertainment bar.
“We will continue to serve authentic Filipino cuisine. We will provide a place for Filipino families to enjoy a savory and quiet dinner,” Gumban added.
Which means, Gumban explained, that there will only be piano or jazz or soft solo performances during dinners. Dancing and/or band performances will start at 9 p.m.
Noypitz will also serve affordable single order plates during lunch when their so-called “happy hours” begins with (read) beer at US$2.50 per bottle.
On the other hand, the Kapistahan Grill restaurant in Temple St., in Los Angeles has closed its doors to its clients on the night of that same Saturday.
Kapistahan has been the watering hole of downtown LA’s Pinoy videoke lovers for the last nine years.
One of its owners, singer and former Filipinotown beauty Queen Ciamara Morales said she and her partners in Kapistahan’s decided to go separate ways due to some personal changes ahead of each of them.
For one, Ciamara is tying the knot with her fiancée in September.
“It was all good though. Wala namang perpektong samahan. But we are all moving on — in good terms with each other,” Ciamara said.
And the good news is: We are not really going to lose the only fine dining restaurant in Filipinotown. Ciamara disclosed that a similar type of restaurant would rise very soon at the same spot that Kapistahan is vacating.
“I’m definitely going to be a part of it,” Ciamara added, “and what’s ongoing are negotiations with those who would be partners in this new venture.”
Ciamara also disclosed that the prospective Filipinotown restaurant will be called “Chibogs.”
“We promise our loyal patrons that it would be better,” Ciamara concluded.