The story of Casa Marcos began in the 1940’s when a Spanish national named Marcos de Guisasola opened a restaurant in his name along Roxas Boulevard. Its warm and welcoming atmosphere and authentic Spanish menu quickly won over the palate of the local crowd as well as other Spanish nationals. At that time, our grandfather Ben del Rosario had Señor Marcos for a client and the two struck a close friendship. When the latter needed to return to Spain, he decided to pass on ownership of Casa Marcos to Ben, who was one of its frequent patrons and had become familiar with its operations.
In 1983, the family of Ben decided to open a branch on Gilmore Avenue in Quezon City so that patrons from the northern part of the city would be able to satisfy their almejas, gambas, and calamares fix without having to go all the way to Roxas Boulevard. It was also here that a bakery solely for the now very popular Casa Marcos pan de sal was established. Casa Marcos eventually moved from Gilmore Avenue to Tomas Morato before it closed its doors in 2000.
The opening of Casa Marcos was partly brought about by the regulars of The Bread Bag Pandesal Bar at Ortigas Home Depot, where one can have his/her chosen palaman with our soft yet crusty pan de sal, in a menu adopted from favorite dishes and tapas from Casa Marcos. The Bread Bag’s customers, old patrons, relatives, and friends have continued to ask about Casa Marcos all these years, and have never failed to say they miss the prawns moliniere, steak ala pobre, and sopa de mariscos, as well as other dishes. This clamoring for the restaurant was a catalyst for us to truly consider the possibility, with the sole aim of allowing our patrons, old or new, to once again experience the warmth, savor the flavor, enjoy the service, and feel the appreciation of our family for your loyalty all these years – as we welcome you, to the new Casa Marcos.