Filipino restaurant robbed in Nova Scotia, police investigating

Filipino restaurant robbed in Nova Scotia

2020-09-10 – It’s difficult enough to start a business under normal circumstances, even more so when you’re new to the country. Throw in a COVID-19 pandemic and it’s an uphill battle every step of the way. Nevertheless, this Filipino husband and wife found a way, and are now operating a successful business in Canada.

Carl Mangali and Catherine Paulino are the proud owners of Chanoey’s Pasta in Dartmouth, NS.

Mangali and Paulino came up with the idea of making affordable quality pasta available for the local community.

The name Chanoey is an amalgamation of two characters from the popular TV show Friends, Chandler (played by Canadian actor Matthew Perry) and Joey (played by American actor Matt le Blanc).

“We dedicated the store for them as well. And a lot of people are really happy with it,” Paulino told Halifax Today. “We get customers by just the name; they like it even before tasting the pasta.”

Mangali and Paulino are from the Philippines. They came to Canada in 2016.

Mangali studied as a chef before arriving in Nova Scotia, where he started out as a dishwasher at a Greek restaurant in Halifax. He worked hard, getting that all-important Canadian experience before moving on to chef positions in other restaurants.

Paulino has a degree in management from the Philippines, and looks after the restaurant’s day-to-day operations.

After arriving from the Philippines, Paulino went to Nova Scotia Community College, while working for Subway at different locations.

When the Subway location closed down on Portland St., the Filipino couple saw an opportunity.

Mangali and Paulino had been putting together a feasibility study for several months, when they heard about the closure.

Paulino approached Subway’s area manager and inquired about taking over the location.

Chanoey’s Pasta opened to the public in June 2020. They serve traditional Italian pasta such as gnocchi, lasagna and carbonara, but also have special Filipino and Mexican versions available.

Speaking to Halifax Today, Paulino said that they travelled a lot as a couple, experiencing different cuisine from all over the world.

“Every time that we taste something different, we wanted to bring it to the restaurant,” Paulino told Halifax Today.

Chanoey’s Pasta is open Mondays to Saturdays, and is closed on Sunday.

Chanoey’s Pasta
41 Portland St.
Dartmouth NS

Telephone: (902) 405-2211

Learn more about Chanoey’s Pasta, click here.

2020-09-25 – Police are investigating a newly opened Filipino restaurant robbed in Nova Scotia, Canada, no suspects have been identified at this time.

Chanoey’s Pasta at 41 Portland St. in downtown Dartmouth in the province of Nova Scotia was broken into on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

When owners Catherine Paulino and Carl Mangali heard about other nearby businesses being hit, they thought that their restaurant might be next.

Paulino took a pro-active approach, leaving a note on the door.

The note read: “If you’re trying to rob us, so sorry we don’t have gadgets and money or any valuable things here!”

The note goes on to say “Just get yourself a cold pasta in the fridge and you’re good to go! Oh get a pop too! It’s on us 🙂 SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS!!!”

Paulino and Mangali had taken to taking home everything of value, including computers and cash from the register, after nearby businesses fell victim to break-ins.

Unfortunately, the note did little to deter the thieves, who had broken into the restaurant anyway.

When Paulino and Mangali came to open shop on Thursday morning, they were greeted by police who were already investigating.

“I cried a little bit because I was so nervous and then shocked, but our loyal customers came to bring us coffee and businesses around us were messaging us,” Paulino told the Chronicle Herald.

If you have information that might help the investigation of the Filipino restaurant robbed in Nova Scotia, contact the Halifax Regional Police at (902) 490-5020 or Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. is NOT affiliated with the Government of Canada, the Philippine Government, or any Philippine recruitment agencies or Canadian immigration consultants or lawyers.

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