While some people think of Bonifacio Global City (BGC), which is also known as Fort Bonifacio, as a new city center, there are others who saw the empty lots at BGC in late 1990s and know how far this place has come along. The growth in retail facilities is the most watched aspect of BGC’s development, as people can enjoy a few hours of a place that is so different (in a good way) from other places in Metro Manila without having to spend too much.

In this article, we attempt to identify the restaurants that are in operation since the day that a particular retail cluster in BGC was opened. A year is a long time in retail business, especially in the highly competitive business of operating a restaurant. Here, in the Fort area, we see a lot of new restaurants opening every month (see our article “What’s new in the Fort”, for example). This also means, sadly, that many restaurants did not make it.

Our list is by no means exhaustive. If you would like to add restaurants we missed, please do so in the comments section of the corresponding location. Photos of bygone era are also welcomed.

In an article published in The Wall Street Journal in June 1999, the early establishments at the Fort Square such as Fat Willy’s (a nightclub with a reputation for wet t-shirt parties) and Le Souffle...

According to the annual report of Ayala Land, shops in Serendra began to open in July 2006. Before 2006 ended, Abe, Larry’s Café and Bar and Sonja’s Cupcakes were opened.

Forbestown Center near the Burgos Circle end was completed in 2009. Café Juanita and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf were there since 2009 and are still very popular to this day.

Bonifacio High Street started to have shops in late 2006. The early arrivals include Timezone, which opened in November 2006, and Krispy Kreme on November 30, 2006.

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