The PAO Cafe recently landed in the Tampa Bay Times newspaper. Here is the article:
Everybody’s Business: Filipino PAO food truck builds restaurant; Grill One Sixteen closed
By Karen Ring, Times Correspondent
NORTH TAMPA — Two years ago, chef Jonjie Sibayan launched the PAO food truck. His mission was to introduce authentic Filipino food to the people of Tampa. On Aug. 21, he took that mission one step further by opening his first brick-and-mortar restaurant, PAO Cafe, at 14837 N Florida Ave.
“With the food truck, space is limited. With the larger kitchen we can add more variety to the menu and expose more people to Filipino food,” said Johnny Sibayan, Jonjie’s younger brother and manager of the restaurant.
The expanded menu features Filipino classics like tocilog (sweet marinated pork and garlic rice topped with a fried egg), pancit (stir fried mix of rice noodles and egg noodles with vegetables) and Lola’s lumpia (fried spring roll with beef and raisins).
There are also crossover items, such as Boom Boom PAO (a cheeseburger topped with cured pork known as tocino and a fried egg) and Filipino nachos (tocino with spicy mayo and green onions served on shrimp chips).
The staff is happy to help first-time customers navigate the menu.
Followers of the food truck movement can rest assured the PAO Truck is still making its rounds. PAO Cafe is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It is closed on Monday. For more on PAO Cafe, visit paocafetampa.com. To find out where the PAO truck is headed next, follow it on Facebook: PAO Truck.