Omotesando Koffee, a Japanese coffee chain, is opening its first store in the Philippines located in Power Plant Mall, Makati City, tentatively slated for an August 2021 launch.
H&F Retail Concepts, the group behind luxury fashion brands Univers, Homme et Femme, Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons, and Fred Perry, will bring the famous Zen-style, the minimalist coffee shop from Tokyo to the Philippines.
David Ong, owner and head barista of The Curator and EDSA Beverage Design Group, will be helping out.
Omotesando Koffee’s Metro Manila opening was first reported late last year, when the brand’s Instagram page added “Manila” to a list of cities in its bio, alongside Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, and London.
“Well, the cat’s been out of the bag for a while now…. This is just formalizing it further. The opening of the first branch is fast approaching, and we’re helping out a little bit,” Ong wrote on Instagram on Tuesday, June 1, posting a call-out for interested baristas to apply.
According to Ong, two additional Omotesando Manila locations will open this year, but the hiring process will begin with this branch.
Omotesando Koffee began as a humble pop-up shop in Omotesando Hills, Tokyo, in 2011, and grew in popularity for 5 years before closing in December 2015 due to the “aging building” it was located in.