MANILA -- From one “homecourt” to another.
Once part of University of Santo Tomas’ UAAP glorious days, former Tiger point guard John Paul Cuan put up a restaurant inspired by the basketball legacy of the black and yellow army.
In an interview with UST’s official publication, The Varsitarian, Cuan bared that he came up with “Homecourt” resto to relive the University’s celebrated basketball history and to allow his former teammates reminisce great moments on and off the hardcourt.
Anchored with the theme “where legacy lives on,” the restaurant, run by Cuan and his UST friends, was opened on November 8 and featured Thomasian spirit through its interior design.
“Homecourt” is painted with the school colors, black and yellow, including the counter, cabinets, tables and chairs. The floors are like the hardwood of a basketball court. These are on top of some mini-basketball games available for customers waiting for their orders.
Food enthusiasts will encounter terms in menu list patterned in basketball jargon such as “Starting 5,” “Buzzer Beater” and “Overtime.” Some of their available dishes are steaks with rice and gravy, honey-flavored wings with blue cheese or ranch dip and beef burgers with bacon, cheese, lettuce, onions and tomatoes.
“Personally, those are my type of food. Players need protein, so we thought this is what we wanted people to taste,” Cuan, who was part of the Tigers that completed a Cinderella title run in 2006, said.
“Homecourt” is located at Unit 205 R/F Building, Asturias St. Sampaloc, Manila, just across the UST campus in Dapitan side.
Asked for a possible expansion, the 2008 Business Administration graduate said that putting up other branches near other schools would be brought up by their own players and will be designed according to their own color scheme but still named after “Homecourt.”
Meanwhile, Cuan also told The Varsitarian that he is part of a non-profit organization called “Hope for Hoops” where he coaches aspiring cagers from different barangays in Manila and helps them to earn scholarships.
“My transition from a player to a coach is proof of the saying, ‘Once a Tiger, always a Tiger,’ because everyone knows basketball and basketball connects us whether we like it or not,” Cuan said.
Here are some photos of Cuan’s “Homecourt” in Manila.
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