I had a shoot at M Cafe (I think that’s the “in” name, not to be confused with McCafe) and met the store owner, Andre and his PR consultant Gwen Carino. After talking about their famous Chocnut Martini (the only drink I ever order there), their Hainanese Chicken dish and the muy delicioso Creme Brule dessert, we talked about how wireless Internet can perk up their business. By default, since Museum Cafe is within the Ayala Mall, they are locked to GlobeQuest’s service.
I also learned something new that day about WiFi contracts in establishments. What I found interesting is that restaurant owners have the option to either sell cards / have a subscription based wireless access with Globe OR open the wireless hot spot to the general public. Of course, the former is encouraged but if you think about it, M Cafe is located away from the cluster of restaurants that offer paid wireless services. Which means that if they open up their WiFi to the public, this will encourage the afternoon business crowd to have business meets there instead of other places. I managed to convince them that free WiFi is the way to go and hopefully they will push through with this scheme.
Andre also assured me that they will allow customers to plug in their laptops in the resto sockets until supply of sockets last.