EARLY morning and after lunch are considered low customer traffic hours for some restaurants and coffee shops in Cebu, so this newly formed company is doing something about it.
Michael Cubos, founder of Performance 360 Call Center and BPO Services, and the Anzani Group, led by Kate Dychangco-Anzani, have partnered to create District on 53rd Co-working Spaces to convert restaurants and coffee shops into productive shared workspaces during their idle time.
Cubos said they will begin incorporating this business model into all restaurants affiliated with the Anzani Group—Anzani Restaurant, Gusto, and District on 53rd. Later on, they will invite more coffee shops and restaurants to become members of District on 53rd Co-working Spaces.
“The idea here is to make these coffee shops and restaurants, which are sometimes empty in the morning and early afternoon, productive facilities. We can invite freelancers and startups who don’t have their own offices to bring their work or meetings here,” said Cubos, adding that restaurants which double as shared workspaces are alternatives to crowded coffee shops.
Last May 11, Cubos and Anzani soft opened the second level of District on 53rd at Filinvest Cyberzone in Salinas Drive, Lahug as a co-working space. The facility can accommodate up to 30 persons and offers at least a 100Mbps internet speed.
According to Cubos, in this setup, freelancers, medical and law students, and startups are treated to a different working ambience—a more relaxed, open, refreshing and creative atmosphere, where food and coffee are also readily available at the ground floor of the restaurant.
“We are targeting the high-end market for this co-working space,” said Cubos.
Cubos, who is also the president of the Innovation Council of Cebu, said the rise of the freelancer economy, coupled with more flexible working arrangements nowadays, is creating a demand for co-working spaces.
“This type of entrepreneurs is always on the go, and we want to provide the services they need,” he said.
Walk-in clients pay P500 for a whole day’s use inclusive of 20 percent food discount. They also offer an average monthly membership fee of P8,000 to P9,000. Cubos said part of the monthly membership fee includes a dedicated seat, among other perks.
They are giving themselves three months to assess the project before they will invite more dining players to join them.
Cubos said they will create a mobile app, where members can check whether member-restaurants, cafès and coffee shops are fully booked, among other concerns. The team plans to introduce the same concept in Manila and Davao.
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on May 24, 2017.
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