Aug 3, 2020

Here’s to all the laughter we shared with our college friends and tears we shed because of thesis at the Chocolate Kiss Café, which never failed to give us comfort with their delectable cakes and pastries.

For the past 23 years, the restaurant has occupied the second floor of the Bahay ng Alumni Building in the Diliman Campus of the University of the Philippines (UP). However, by Aug. 24, it will be closed down for good—even after the community quarantine.

Ina Flores Pahati, the owner and daughter of The Chocolate Kiss Café co-founder Maline Flores, personally announced this unfortunate news through the café’s website.

“The Café has always relied on high volume in sustaining its operations. The losses already incurred since the start of ECQ, and the prospect of not being able to operate at full capacity for an indeterminable period, has led to this difficult decision,” wrote Pahati.

“Our kitchen will continue cooking up your favorite meals until Sunday, August 23, for order/pick-up from our Fairview Commissary. After which, the menu will be trimmed down to the desserts, where you can continue to order Devil’s Food Cake and Dayap Chiffon Cake, among our other well-loved cakes,” she added.

Opened in 1997, The Chocolate Kiss Café is a family business co-founded by Pahati’s mom and aunt, who are both UP alumni. Aside from offering cakes and pastries, the restaurant also had live music nights and served as a place for local artists and illustrators to display their works.

While the UP Diliman café is closing down, customers may still order its products at its Fairview, Quezon City commissary through this form or the restaurant’s website


Header photo from Chocolate Kiss Café

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