The first National Basketball Association Cafe officially opened Friday in Manila, the Philippines.
Located at the SM Aura at Bonifacio Global City in the city of Taguig, the NBA Cafe Manila is operated locally by Haute Couture F&B Concepts.
“Basketball is the most popular sport in the Philippines and it makes sense that the first NBA Cafe anywhere in the world would open for our passionate fans in Manila,” says Carlo Singson, country manager, Philippines, NBA. “NBA Cafe Manila is a unique one-stop destination for casual and avid sports fans alike and is another great way for them to experience the NBA first-hand.”
The one-of-a-kind destination combines dining and entertainment to capture the energy and feel of the NBA with displays, unique memorabilia and basketball-themed décor. The menu is inspired by classic American cuisine.
“The concept of NBA Cafe Manila takes all aspects of the NBA into play,” says Nian Rigor, general manager, NBA Cafe Manila and Haute Couture F&B Concepts. “From the team visuals to the use of the colors red, white and blue, everything will make our fans feel right at home with the authentic NBA surroundings we’ve recreated. NBA Cafe Manila will be the metro’s default destination for all things sports, all things NBA, providing fans with the ultimate sports, entertainment and dining experience.”
The Utah Jazz’s Gordon Hayward and WNBA player Tina Thompson were on site for the grand opening and also participated in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2014 National Training Camp presented by Alaska, which took place last weekend.