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Pizza chain denies Bahrain outlet link

Bahrain News
Wed, 13 Apr 2016
By Sandeep Singh Grewal

Bahrain: ONE of the biggest restaurant chains in the Philippines has warned customers in Bahrain that a copy of its franchise in Manama is not the real deal.

Greenwich restaurant opened in Gudaibiya last month during a launch attended by Philippine Ambassador Alfonso Ver, who was apparently misled into believing it was legitimate. 

However, the parent company of the well-known chain has issued a statement denying any connection to the new outlet, despite it having the same name and branding.

“We wish to advise the public that the store, which recently opened in Manama, Bahrain bearing Greenwich signage and designs, and selling Greenwich products, is not in any way connected with Greenwich Philippines,” said the parent company, Fresh N’ Famous Foods, in a statement posted on the Philippine Embassy website.

“The Greenwich store in Manama, Bahrain is not an official Greenwich store and is not authorised by Greenwich nor are its products official Greenwich products.

“We urge the public not to be misled by any communication, signage or advertisement connected with this store, which tends to create an association or connection between the said Greenwich store in Bahrain and the official Greenwich establishment in the Philippines.

“Greenwich currently does not have any branches in Bahrain nor in any other country aside from the Philippines.”

During the opening of Greenwich restaurant in Bahrain on March 26, Mr Ver praised the efforts of Bahraini owner Jamal Ali Abdullah Subah to bring the brand to Bahrain and recruit staff directly from Manila, according to the embassy’s website.

However, a Philippine Embassy spokesman told the GDN yesterday that it was contacted a few days after the opening by Fresh N’ Famous Foods, which denied opening any restaurant in Bahrain.

“The embassy was not aware that the store, named after the popular brand, was not associated with Greenwich,” said the spokesman.

“We would like to urge our community that this Greenwich outlet in Bahrain is not legit.”

Greenwich is the largest pizza and pasta franchise in the Philippines and was established in 1971. 

The restaurant in Bahrain has been busy since it opened, with Filipinos queuing up for a taste of what they believed to be Greenwich’s famous lasagna. 

Owner of the unaffiliated Greenwich outlet in Bahrain, Mr Subah, yesterday declined to comment when contacted by the GDN

“I don’t want to talk,” he said.