"Safe public space:" La Tabacalera reopens as food park


May. 28, 2021 ...

The Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte inaugurated today, May 28, the La Tabacalera Food Park, the province's latest "safe public space."

More than ten (10) concessionaires were present during the soft opening, all of which are homegrown businesses and brands: Sr. Sisig Sherep, Micro Burger, Sushi House, Wrap-in, Sam Sugarcane Juice Shop, Thick and Thin Cafe, One-3-Seven Brews, Sassy Sausage, A-Z Cafeteria, Romelcath Kitchenette, and U-Chill Ilocos Norte.

Moreover, the opening was highlighted by musical performances of Ilokano artists and the La Milagrosa Art Exhibit featuring the works of visual artists Mx. Marlowe Questin, Mr. Stephen Jas Domingo, Ms. Angelie Banaag, and Mr. Khervin Jhon Gallandez, and photographer Mr. Alaric Yanos.

The reopening of the newly renovated La Tabacalera was a part of the economic recovery efforts of the Provincial Government, headed by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc. This project was a collaboration among the Provincial Employment Group Composed of the Ilocos Norte Trade and Investments Office, Provincial Public Employment Service Office, and Provincial Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises Office, the Provincial Tourism Office, and the Communications and Media Office.

"We hope na talagang long term po ang collaboration natin dito sa Food Park.

"It's been a long time coming, dahil sa COVID na-delay lahat but we are very very glad that today we are able to open and inaugurate our food park and create another safe public space for our community," remarked Governor Marcos Manotoc.

To ensure social distancing, the organizers are currently limiting the Food Park's dining capacity by requiring customers to pre-register and requesting them to arrive in a specific time slot. On-site registration is also available for walk-in customers.

Previously, the Provincial Government has utilized outdoor landmarks such as the front of the Provincial Capitol, Laoag City's Aurora Park and Juan Luna Street, and Currimao's Boulevard, accommodating local enterprises and welcoming patrons to boost inclusive, stable, and safe recovery across all sectors in the new normal.