Fi2W on the Radio: Filipino Fast Food Comes to Manhattan

Home away from home with a new Jollibee in NYC; photo: Rosalind Tordesillas

For many Filipinos, the Jollibee restaurant chain is synonymous with homegrown fast-food that is both delicious and comforting. Started in the Philippines, with the original restaurant opening in 1975,  Jollibee now boasts over 1,000 franchises worldwide.

Recently Jollibee opened it’s first Manhattan restaurant, just a short walk from Times Square and the lights of Broadway. Feet in 2 Worlds podcast editor and former Fi2W journalism fellow Rosalind Tordesillas covered the opening for PRI’s The World.

We’ve been on the Jollibee story since 2012. Check our podcast First Comes Filipino Immigration then a Jollibee Restaurant.

Fi2W is supported by the David and Katherine Moore Family Foundation, the Ralph E. Odgen Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The J.M. Kaplan Fund, an anonymous donor and readers like you.

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AboutRosalind Tordesillas
Rosalind Tordesillas trained and worked as a social scientist and now explores people's experiences through audio storytelling. She produces and edits podcasts on immigrant life for Feet in 2 Worlds. She also contributes to the Community Oral History Project at the New York Public Library. She has graduate degrees from the New School and NYU in Social Psychology.