The name Larsian actually comes from the names of twin sisters, Pilar and Siana, who set up a small eatery in the area in ‘70s. The stall was run by the son of Pilar, Colonel Alvino Mondarez. As the popularity of the area increased, barbecue stalls started to sprout like mushrooms. It gained prominence after an advertisement for a beverage was shot close to the area.
In April 2012, Larsian went through a major change as the governor wanted to create a wholesome atmosphere where locals and tourists can have a bite to eat. The governor broached the idea of using smokeless charcoal for the barbecue grills. The charcoal briquettes come from Tabogon, Cebu and were made of carbonized coconut shells and twigs.
The use of solar light bulbs was also proposed by the governor, who encouraged stall attendants to wear uniforms and hairnets. A standardized portioning of the food was also proposed and the open air display of uncooked or half-cooked food was discouraged. The vendors were temporarily moved to an area beside Robinsons Cybergate while the renovations were being made.
Some locals who experienced the original set up of the place miss the old Larsian after the changes were made. They miss the smoke, the ruckus and the overall atmosphere that contributed to the unique dining experience of the place. Despite this, everyone can agree that Larsian is a place where people from all walks of life come together for not only the food but the overall experience as well.