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The Chocolate Kiss to permanently close shop

The Chocolate Kiss to permanently close shop

Photo courtesy of Chocolate Kiss Cafe

Photo courtesy of Chocolate Kiss Cafe

The beloved restaurant will cease operations at their commissary by the end of June 2021

The Chocolate Kiss, the iconic restaurant and café that was a fixture at the University of the Philippines (UP) Bahay ng Alumni, is closing its doors for good, and will no longer be selling their cakes and pastries for delivery.

The beloved restaurant announced their permanent closure on Facebook in a Monday, June 7 post. Their last day of selling cakes is on June 22.

“The Chocolate Kiss cakes were born in a home kitchen. Baking and selling them started out as a hobby for its founders, which became a modest side-business come Christmas time. No one planned for this side-line to build its own Commissary, nor grow into a 23-year old Café. How far it has come; how much we’ve experienced,” they wrote.

Chocolate Kiss explained that although “the past year of navigating through the lockdowns was quite exciting,” it was not sustainable for their business, which prompted them to “wind things down.” Until their last day, Chocolate Kiss will still be “whipping up a few limited edition and seasonal goodies,” just to finish up their leftover ingredients.

“In behalf of everyone who was part of The Chocolate Kiss family, we thank you for making us part of your celebrations, and your lives. We’ve built so many good memories over the years, and we only want to leave you with happy thoughts,” they added.

Customers can still order cakes via their website with a two-day lead time.

The café closed their flagship UP Diliman branch in August 2020, but kept their commissary in Fairview open for pick-up and delivery orders for whole cakes, pastries, and select savory meals. –