The country’s various lockdowns to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have hit the restaurant industry hard. Drive by commercial streets or walk through once busy malls to see popular restaurants shuttered (whether temporarily or permanently), or open but with only a handful of customers inside. Blame a fearful dining public, a stay-at-home workforce, transpo woes, strict health protocols, among other reasons, for the diminished sales for all restaurants. While we’re heartened that many restaurants are doing all they can to remain open, we’re also saddened to see many favorite establishments quietly close down.
Here’s a sampling of well-known Metro Manila restaurants (and one from Baguio) that have announced their closing:
Centerstage Family KTV
While not a stand-alone restaurant, this Jupiter Street Makati institution combined state-of-the-art karaoke with good food in plush surroundings, and it will be sorely missed.
This relatively new Japanese burger spot in Makati City never got the chance to really flex its offerings as it bid goodbye all too soon, according to its chef-owner James Antolin.
Donosti Tapas y Pintxos
This well-established Spanish tapas/pintxos bar may be leaving its BGC home, but you can still order from a limited takeout menu via its sibling restaurant M Dining + Bar.
This Baguio City landmark of 19 years holds a special place in the hearts of many who dined there, as one of only a handful of “date” or special occasion destinations in the city.
Opened in late 2019, this Poblacion spot bid goodbye this July, but with the promise to continue to offer its traditional Filipino food with modern flair soon.
Gourmet Gypsy Art Café (Roces Avenue branch)
This restaurant was one of the first ones to announce its closure as early as in April, but thankfully its Maginhawa Street branch is still open, reconfigured as a grocery and takeout/delivery place.
Ilonggo Food Company
This ode to Ilonggo food, and its not-to-be-missed boodle feasts, had to be shut down its BGC address, but the owners are still operating Kuppa Roastery & Café next door.
With the liquor ban still ongoing in Makati, this popular Poblacion nightspot and home of Engkanto craft beer had no choice but to close its doors. Thankfully, you can still order Engkanto beer through its website.
Shangri-La Finest Chinese Cuisine
After 37 years, this Quezon City landmark is bidding goodbye for good on August 1.