The year 1999 marked a promising start for Mr. Leslie Paelmo and his wife, Dolores. With the idea of marketing Filipino treats for which the city of Tagaytay is famous, the couple opened a small pasalubong or gift shop in the city called “Leslie’s Pasalubong” that sold Special Buko Pies as its prime product. Passing tourists and locals raved about these native Filipino delicacies, but little did they know that it was this initial attempt that would start an even bigger endeavor.
With the success of their first business venture, Leslie and his wife were enthusiastic about the idea of expanding their operations by putting up three Nipa Huts for rent along with their Pasalubong Shop. From there, the business grew further by putting up 10 Nipa Huts that eventually became home to the first Leslie’s Restaurant when the couple decided to venture into the restaurant industry. Keeping in line with their initial idea of showcasing everything proudly Filipino, the restaurant’s most famous dishes consisted of Filipino favorites such as Kare-kare, Bulalo, Sisig, Chicken Barbecue and Grilled Seafood at affordable prices. [Read more…]