Last October 6, Project 8’s nightlife had an unofficial launch as the first food park in the area, El Fresco Food Park, finally opened its doors. Located at #29 Shorthorn Street (beside Eastwest Bank), the highly-anticipated establishment lit up at 4 p.m. for its soft opening. The place was easily filled up on its first day despite the heavy rain. Indeed, the homebodies of Project 8 have long waited for this moment.
Most taxi drivers in the metro will know where to go when you tell them, “manong, Project 8 po.” Jeepney signs also carry the name of this destination. Public transport drivers are familiar with this place mainly because many students and workers go home here. Residential villages outnumber commercial establishments, despite the fact that it is found in highly urbanized Quezon City.Project 8 is probably comparable to the suburbs in the States for those who’ve been there.
This side of the city sleeps as soon as the households shut off their lights. Before El Fresco, when Project 8 residents had wanted to grab a cold beer or chat over coffee late at night, they had to go to the more urbanized areas of Quezon City.
Aside from the residents here, students will crowd this newly born nightlife. Most of them will hail from the most prestigious school found in this area, AMA Computer University. Curious souls from all over the northern part of Metro Manila might also find their way to Shorthorn as the place is easily accessible via public transport. Top that awesome crowd with the -ber month breeze and this will be the go-to-place in the next months or so.
We hear you: since recently, people in the Metro have equated food parks with heavy traffic. This is mainly due to parking problems. While that is a legitimate concern for many food parks, it can be avoided if you are in this location. Diners from other places can ride the jeep going to Project 8; it’s just one ride away from landmarks such as LRT-1 Roosevelt Station, Fishermall, or even Espana (just look for jeeps going to “Proj. 8”). Residents, on the other hand, can ride their bikes, take a tricycle (there are plenty at the village gates), or even walk going to Shorthorn. If everybody just becomes a little more conscious of the situation, traffic in this area will be manageable.
The place closes at 12 midnight – not too late and just right to allow its patrons to rest for the grind that the next day will bring. Indeed, El Fresco is a testament to the location’s character of being a peaceful oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle.
Now that we have set the mood, it’s time to taste what this food park is all about. Watch out for our next features as we start munching around El Fresco! For starters, click here for some playful milkshakes that will perk up the restless residents of Project 8.