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Eastern Washington's only Filipino restaurant opens its doors in Kennewick

Dagupan Grill - Taste of the Philippines celebrated their grand opening on Valentine's Day.

KENNEWICK, Wash. – The only Filipino restaurant in Eastern Washington celebrates its grand opening in Kennewick on Valentine’s Day.

Dagupan Grill – Taste of the Philippines is bringing authentic, traditional Filipino food to the Tri-Cities.

The owners, Theresa and Jubert Javonillo, have been doing private catering in the Tri-Cities for more than a decade.

After all those years, Theresa said family, friends and customers encouraged them to open a brick and mortar restaurant.

"Cooking has always been my passion, and that dream turned into a reality, that reality is here," Theresa said.

The owners said the food they're serving is made from scratch with the finest ingredients. Filipino cuisine is a combination of influences from colonization of the Philippines including Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and American.

Their menu pays tribute to this, with a touch of their family's flair. Many of the recipes on the menu have been handed down from their ancestors.

"The glass noodles is my specialty that I’ve made for many, many years," Theresa said with a smile.

You can celebrate Valentine’s Day at the grand opening of Dagupan Grill - Taste of the Philippines.

For opening day, the restaurant is open from 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., serving a set dinner special, including appetizers, salad, your choice of an entrée (Rib Eye, Marinated Garlic Boneless Bangus [Milkfish], or Dugpan Grilled Chicken Inasal) and of course, dessert.

Dagupan Grill is located at 3911 W. 27th Ave. Suite 109 in Kennewick. You can reach them at 509-579-5980.


HISTORY BEHIND THE NAME

Dagupan is a city in Pangasian province of the Philippines. It was originally named Bacnotan by the Augustinian missionaries from Spain in 1583, an ecomienda, a commercial and financial Center of Northern Luzon, Philippines. It was renamed by Nandaragupan, which means, “where people meet” and became a city on June 20, 1947.

The actual location of Dagupan city is nearly the Lingayen Gulf, where the Bonuan Bangus “milkfish” source is found in abundance. A variety of seafoods is also found in the same place. And now, it is considered as the most progressive and famous culinary city of Pangasinan.

In 2003, Dagupan City received an award and was officially declared by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest barbecue “Bangus Grilled” displayed during yearly festival and harvest of celebration by its respective residents.

The very intention, goal, mission and vision of this dining place is to provide quality, unique and exemplary food preparation and great service to all customers with the definition and application of the word DAGUPAN “where people meet.”

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