Watch a Philly Chef Propose to the Co-Owner of His Restaurant After Super Bowl Win
The co-owners of East Passyunk restaurant Perla got engaged right after the Eagles won it all.
This past Sunday was a big deal for all Philadelphians. But for two Philadelphians in particular, Linda Chim and Lou Boquila, the day was made even more special by a post-Super Bowl surprise proposal. It’s also worth noting that these two aren’t just any Philadelphians: Lou is the chef/owner of East Passyunk’s Perla, home to some of Philly’s most delicious Filipino cuisine, while Linda runs front of house operations for the restaurant.
The pair met five years ago at Public House, before it became City Tap House, shortly after Linda moved to Philly from California. It was a “friend of a friend” sort of meet-up, Linda explains. Fast forward just shy of five years later, and the pair got engaged on a very big night for Lou, a huge Eagles fan. It was all caught in an excitement-filled video:
With less than a minute left on the clock — when it was pretty secure that the Eagles were about to become the 2018 Super Bowl Champs — Lou dropped to one knee while Linda was pouring celebratory glasses of champagne for everyone and asked her to be his wife. (You’ll notice in the video Linda never quite sets her glass of champs down — You go, girl!) The proposal came as a total surprise to Linda, who was overjoyed and “excited times ten,” but wasn’t expecting an engagement ring at all. The couple had already discussed getting married, and have a wedding date set for February 27th (their exact five-year anniversary) at City Hall.
The couple plans to continue with their City Hall union and will eventually host an actual wedding in California sometime next year to include the friends and family Linda left behind when she moved to good ol’ Philadelphia — home of the reigning Super Bowl champs.