Updated: Wed, 02/20/2013 - 01:00

Rose and Fred Malunes operate Savannah's only 'true' Filipino restaurant

Rose, left, and Fred Malunes are owners of Savannah Filipino Restaurant on Waters Ave.  Joshua Crawford/Savannah Morning News  Savannah Morning News
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Rose, left, and Fred Malunes are owners of Savannah Filipino Restaurant on Waters Ave. Joshua Crawford/Savannah Morning News
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address

5515 Waters Ave., Savannah, GA 31404

phone

912-201-3541

owners and background

Rosemarie Malunes, registered nurse, and Alfredo Malunes Jr., mechanical engineering graduate

years in business

18 months

what they do

Own and operate Savannah’s only authentic Filipino Restaurant.

why they’re successful

Fred: We are hardworking, passionate, patient, provide good customer service and know the value of perseverance.

future plans

Fred: To find a bigger restaurant space in order to increase our catering business and be able to serve more customers.

tips for other operators

Fred: Make sure you know your products very well, and be hands-on in regard to everything your business entails.

things to avoid

Fred: Don’t start a business without an overall plan for growth and be sure to have the full support of your family and loved ones.

why Savannah works for them

Fred: Because I have lived here most of my life, and this is where I started my family. It’s also because people here are used to all sorts of different ethnic cuisines, and they are not afraid to try something new!

inspiration

Fred: God, my family and the hundreds of Filipinos who have visited our restaurant and told us how much our food reminds them of home.

mission statement

To introduce our culture to all the citizens of Chatham and surrounding counties by providing authentic, delicious foods, which were influenced by countries like Malaysia, Spain, China, Mexico and America.

Compiled by Joel Zuckerman

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