The history of Apollo Restaurant dates back to the time when the Chinese set out of their native homeland to seek their fortunes elsewhere bringing with them their dreams for a better and more peaceful life. Many of these Chinese reached the Philippines and settled in various parts of the country, and among them, Chong Chin Hai "Charlie" and his wife Matea, who decided to live in Bacolod City, Province of Negros Occidental.
Having a gift of whipping up authentic Chinese dishes, Mr. Chong made use of his culinary skills to earn a living for his family, On July 16, 1969, Mr. Chong founded and established his small restaurant at Plaza Mart, the City's first mall, and called it Apollo Restaurant after the spaceship Apollo 11 which successfully landed on the moon that same year.
The couple's children became part of the restaurant's daily operations as they would teach the value of perseverance and hard work. With the help of the children it was not all too difficult for the family to make even bigger with the introduction of new entries in menu.
23 years later, Apollo Restaurant moved to a better location at Hilado Street just a few blocks away from Bacolod's Chinatown, the Shopping area. The new home is a three-storey building which features more function rooms, conference halls and ballrooms for exclusive and big gatherings. Its delectable Chinese cuisine and excellent service made its customers coming back for more, with families making it a habit to dine at Apollo Restaurant even without any occasion.
The couple's culinary skills, business acumen, and dreams for Apollo Restaurant were passed on and continued by their children.
To date, Apollo Restaurant has earned a prominent place in Bacolod City with the establishment and operation of its six branches at Hilado Street, Cuadra Street, 888 Chinatown Square, Lopues’ East Centre, Paseo Verde Mandalagan, and Goldenfield Commercial Complex.