How Elisse Joson stumbles into restaurant business

by Justine Punzalan
Jan 31, 2020
Elisse Joson on starting her own business: "Mahirap at first, pero if gusto mo naman, magagawan ng paraan."
PHOTO/S: @bites.stylisse on Instagram

Elisse Joson's restaurant Bites by Stylisse is set to celebrate its first anniversary on February 16, 2020.

The restaurant has been a chill-out spot for locals craving for American dishes, which are cooked according to the recipes that Elisse and her mom personally concocted.

Its menu includes onion rings, tinapa rice bowls, Mexican cheeseburger, and Elisse's very own Salt & Vinegar Chicken Wings.

To Elisse's surprise, Bites by Stylisse has been doing better than she had expected.

Her restaurant was the offshoot of her initial plan to have a clothing store in the building that her family owns in Mandaluyong.

Elise, a student in Fashion Design and Merchandising at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, envisioned the clothing store to be the venue for her own creations.

She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview, "Gusto ko sanang clothing. Magde-design ako, and then I'll sell it.

"But since I don't have the time yet to do it—gusto ko kasi hands-on—naisip ng mom ko, magaling siya magluto, naisip niyang gawin iyong space into a little something.

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"Parang maliit siyang puro garahe tapos ginawang restaurant."

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This deviation from Elise's original plan inspired the mother-daughter tandem to name their restaurant Bites by Stylisse.

"Stylisse kasi is the clothing aspect of it sana.

"So para hindi matanggal iyon, nilagay na lang namin Bites by Stylisse," said Elisse.

PEP.ph interviewed the actress at the launch of Cathy Doll Ready 2 White Series that was held on September 25, 2019, at Ayala Malls Cloverleaf in Quezon City

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SETTING UP BITES BY STYLISSE

Elisse was still taping the teleserye Ngayon at Kailanman when the groundwork for her business was started.

The 24-year-old actress-entrepreneur has been grateful for her mom's help since day one.

She related, "Not so much hard kasi I have the help of my mom in this business.

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"Mahirap at first, pero if gusto mo naman, magagawan ng paraan.

"Kasi kapag nasimulan mo na, dirediretso na iyon."

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The Kapamilya star was also hands-on in decorating the interiors of Bites by Stylisse.

Elise made the food hub feel "eclectic" and "homey" using Moroccan style interiors infused with some Filipino touches.

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Bites by Stylisse is located at 31 San Joaquin corner Sto. Niño St. Mandaluyong City.

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Elisse Joson on starting her own business: "Mahirap at first, pero if gusto mo naman, magagawan ng paraan."
PHOTO/S: @bites.stylisse on Instagram
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