With the community quarantine marching towards its fifth month, still more restaurants are calling it quits. Even with dine-in now increased to 50% capacity for Metro Manila restaurants, a multitude of problems persist that make it difficult for many establishments to continue operating. At this point, it’s a waiting game—chains have cut down their branches; some have temporarily closed down; while others have decided to shut down permanently—to stave the bleeding.
Here are a handful of well-loved restaurants that have bid us goodbye, or will soon be closing down:
The Farm Organics
There’s still a chance to enjoy a meal from this farm-to-table concept that will be closing its doors in Power Plant Rockwell by August 16. As the country’s first certified local organic beef restaurant, The Farm Organics combines people’s desire to eat healthy with their love for burgers and steaks. The menu also offers sandwiches, salads, pizzas, pastas, among other organic dishes. But before it closes for good (along with its sibling Heroes Burger), watch out for a bunch of August promotions, plus discounted wines, to end its run with a bang.
This Quezon City fine dining institution was all set to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2021, but sadly couldn’t make it till then, according to its owner Didi Sarmiento. Located on Scout Tuason, Zucchini’s always enjoyed a loyal clientele who favored its modern European menu, with such classics as escargots, lobster bisque, duck confit, along with a fine wine selection. It was also one of the rare places in town that offered Certified Angus Beef.
This multi-story establishment had a lot going for it—good food, great drinks, and a music and party space perfectly suited for the Poblacion scene. However, this “something special” couldn’t easily be replaced with a takeout/delivery menu. And the Makati liquor ban didn’t help either.
This longtime Korean restaurant, with branches in San Juan and Pasig, has always had a big following, even with the proliferation of all-you-can-eat samgyeopsal joints. Unfortunately, its closure shows that it’s not always easy to transport the unli-Korean BBQ experience to the home.
Tiyo Craft Kitchen and Bar
Just opened last year, this restaurant-bar on Tomas Morato offered a modern take on Filipino food, with cocktails created in that same vein. Hidden on the second floor of the CKB Centre, the space had a distinctive Pinoy vintage charm—quite unexpected in this part of town—that enriched the QC night scene.
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