About LJC Restaurant Group

“A good meal is one that satisfies all the senses. …More than just looking good, it has to taste good…match the setting… More important for me, it should be enjoyed with someone.”
—Larry J. Cruz

In 1979, Larry J. Cruz, a journalist and information man, made a career change and opened his first restaurant, a small café in a modest corner of the Remedios Circle in Malate. Inspired by Parisian cafés, Larry wanted a place where he and his friends could meet, enjoy good coffee, tasty food and drink while chatting about the day’s news. He named the restaurant, Café Adriatico, after the street it was on. And since it opened its doors, Café Adriatico became the most talked about restaurant in town.

From that initial venture, he pressed on, opening one restaurant after another that offered his vision of the good life. He redefined casual dining with many theme restaurants.

Today, The LJC Restaurant Group includes: Abe, Bistro Remedios, Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Adriatico Express, Cafe Havana, Fely J’s Kitchen, Larry’s Cafe & Bar, Lorenzo’s Way, Polka Dot Bakeshop, Abe’s Farm and the LJC Group Catering Service.

Abe Wins Grand Store of the Year Award

Abe of the LJC Restaurant Group wins Grand Store of the Year Award in the 18th Ayala Malls Merchant Rewards held at the ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel Makati. The Grand Store of the Year award salutes the best and the brightest merchant across all Ayala Malls, who has proven to be a cut above the rest with its ability to make a difference as it benchmarks new levels of excellence in retail. Abe also received the Special Award for Promoting Philippine Arts and Culture for strongly reinforcing Filipino values, supporting local arts and crafts, and promoting awareness for Philippine ingenuity. Other awards received were the Marketing Excellence Award, which was given to Abe TriNoma and the Store Operations Excellence Award, which was given to Abe Serendra.

Single largest donation of Emilio Aguilar Cruz’s artworks to go to National Museum

By: Eric S. Caruncho - Staff Writer / @Inq_LifestylePhilippine Daily Inquirer / 01:30 AM May 27, 2015

Living well is the best revenge.

Few have exemplified the truth in this line by English poet George Herbert more than Emilio Aguilar Cruz, better known as Abe.

Painter and writer, journalist and diplomat, bon vivant and bohemian, Cruz was a renaissance man whose many accomplishments were matched only by his zest for life.

Of late, however, his reputation as an artist has been somewhat overshadowed by his fame as an epicure and champion of Kapampangan cuisine, thanks to the success of the LJC Restaurant Group, the chain established by his son Lorenzo “Larry” Cruz.This imbalance may soon be redressed.

NHCP unveils historical marker as tribute to revered Capampangan scribe and artist

By: FRANCO G. REGALA Manila Bulletin 15 Nov 2015

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on Thursday graced the unveiling of the historical marker of Emilio “Abe” Aguilar Cruz (EAC), a known Capampangan journalist and artist in Magalang, Pampanga..

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