To say that the coronavirus pandemic took a lot from us is an understatement. The restrictions have not been easy on anyone and several industries took a huge blow. With drastic drops in customers, manpower, and funds many of the university belt’s well-loved spots permanently closed down.
My Pope Philippines lists a few of the famed student hangout spots in Metro Manila that have shut their doors, but will hopefully find their way back once the world goes back to normal. (Read: 3 Manila Restaurants That Closed Due to the Pandemic)
Amo Yamie Crib in España, Anonas, Katipunan
In June 2020, the famed after-school crib announced that it is closing down all its three branches in España, Anonas, and Katipunan. Owner Bethel Anne Dizon Nacpil shared in a Facebook post that the prolonged quarantine restrictions took a toll on their business.
Prior to the pandemic, the bright-colored cafe served student budget-friendly meals and had a built-in mini-movie house where college barkadas often choose films to their liking to kill spare time during long-vacant hours.
The Chocolate Kiss Cafe in Diliman
The beloved cake shop closed its flagship branch at the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2020 due to the lingering effects of the pandemic. Owner Ina Flores said last year that the prospect of not being able to operate at full capacity for “an indeterminable period” led to the decision to close the cafe.
Just recently, the restaurant announced its permanent closure and will no longer be selling its cakes and pastries for delivery. (Read: The Chocolate Kiss to Permanently Close Its Doors on June 23)
The Chocolate Kiss Cafe’s first branch opened in September 1997 at the Ang Bahay ng Alumni Building of UP Diliman, which was frequented by students, athletes, and UP pep squad members alike.
Heaven’s Touch in España
After 15 years, the popular eatery among UST students announced that it will close its gates for good. According to the establishment’s manager and main cook Ligaya Piadoche-Cordova, Heaven’s Touch struggled after the pandemic hit and when face-to-face classes in UST were suspended.
The eatery became the go-to tambayan of UST Artlets since 2010. (Read: 3 Must-Try Restaurants Near Quiapo Church in Manila)
Tomato Kick in Quezon City
Because of the virus-related restraints, the spot had to close off its restaurant and had only been relying on delivery and take-out orders since last year. (Read: 4 Places to Escape Near Metro Manila to Save Your Mental Health)
Over the years, Tomato Kick had been a frequent “chillnuman” to stressed-out college students who want to watch the live gigs of their favorite local musicians and artists.