Meet Bobby Pangilinan. He is the owner of eats & sweets located in Old Town, Lafayette. It is a local mom’n’pop sandwich, ice cream, and sweets shop. They have delicious sandwiches and salads, homemade soups, and quiche. Bobby and his team bake all their desserts in house and also offer gluten free options.
Bobby is always making time for his wife, Gretchen, and kids. Currently at the top on the list of his bucket list is to train for and complete a triathlon.
Thank you, Bobby, for serving quality food and for your love for the community.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: I’ve been in this business my whole life. My first job, when I was 16 years old, was at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. I am a people-pleaser so I really enjoyed serving people and making connections. I went to Penn State and took Hotel and Restaurant Management, and have been my entire life. I was a partner with two restaurants in New York. Then I actually got into finance a little bit, I did mortgages, and found myself itching to get back. This spot opened up and we jumped on it. On the east coast you can order food however you want which is why we have our menus where you can customize your order, just not yelling it over the counter like a deli in New York.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Louisville or Lafayette, and what do you love there?
A: My favorite restaurant is Parma, east coast Italian food… it reminds me of a place back in New York. They really give you tons of good food in family style portions. Try the seafood salad. I like Community, they really did a great job, and I also like Pho Cafe because it’s good and inexpensive.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Louisville or Lafayette?
A: I lived in Boulder first for 3 years, then moved to Louisville, but couldn’t find a home in those areas. My wife was about to have a baby and we just took a spot here in Lafayette – we didn’t even check out the town too much. We just needed to get to a spot, got in, and had a baby a month later! We’ve been here since 2007 and opened up this place in 2010.
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in Louisville or Lafayette?
A: There’s a lot them, I’ve met tons of people here. Maybe Jamee Lucas Loeffler, he is an artist with a number of sculptures around town. He is an interesting character. He’s kind of big macho guy, but he’s really kind hearted and a talented guy.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: Probably the Philippines because that’s where I’m from. I haven’t been there for 30 years and I’d like to take my family there to show them my culture and where my parents grew up.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: The first movie I remember seeing in the theater was Exorcist! I was maybe four years old, in a movie that I shouldn’t have been in. But, in terms of good movies, maybe the Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Let’s all get along… we’re all the same, we’re all human beings.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: To do a Triathlon. I recently checked off a bucket list item last year, which was helicopter skiing in Alaska!
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: I love all kinds of music. I like R’n’B , hip-hop, but right now it’s more older stuff like 90’s music… all stuff you can dance to.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Louisville or Lafayette?
A: I’ve seen a lot of restaurants come and go, I would probably say Efrain’s. So many people come here to go to Efrain’s. This town has really been known for antiques and people still come here thinking that there’s antique shops here, but not as many anymore like West Antiques. A lot of people come here for the WOW! Children’s Museum, which is awesome, it’s one of the gems in town.
Q: Choosing anyone alive with whom would you love to have lunch? Why and where would you have lunch?
A: Maybe with my grandfather, my mom’s father, because I really didn’t get to spend much time with him and I feel I inherited a lot of his traits. As I get older, I’ve realized it because he’s a businessman too. He’d probably want to go to Pho Cafe, but I would take him to Community.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Louisville or Lafayette?
A: It’s a great place to live, the draw of the Flatirons, tons of recreation.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I’ve been thinking about that because this is a tough business and it’s really draining, it takes away from your family. My wife was a therapist and I had pulled her into this business. She did a great job for 9 years making people very happy. In this business, I’d like to see that we’ve grown, maybe into another concept.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: Maybe most people don’t know that I was very introverted when I was a kid, but most people think I’m a super extrovert. And something funny was that I was once a male cheerleader.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Nice Sweet Home. It’s what my daughter always said when she was little when we got home.
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: A successful hedge fund manager.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: It would probably either be Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Brad Pitt.
Q: Will there be anything you would like to improve or add something in the community of Louisville or Lafayette?
A: It would probably be less building. Slow down the commercial building with the same things, chain businesses, popping up everywhere.