Anyone who has ever visited or lived around the UP Diliman campus would’ve surely heard of The Chocolate Kiss. It is a mainstay restaurant and cafe at the Bahay ng Alumni, which students, visiting alumni, and their families frequent.
They are best known for their signature devil’s food cake which boasts of chocolate goodness and marshmallow frosting. The Chocolate Kiss also carries a dayap cake made of the Filipino citrus fruit, dayap, and many more delicious cakes that gained its well-deserved popularity. (Read: Here’s Where You Can Grab a Rich, Chocolatey Devil’s Food Cake)
But apart from the cakes, The Chocolate Kiss has served as a comfortable, homey hangout spot for friends and families who want to spend their afternoon eating good food.
However, the business was badly affected by the pandemic and quarantine, just like many other restaurants and cafes in the country and around the world. That’s why in the latter part of last year, they announced a ‘Goodbye Kiss‘, saying that their Bahay ng Alumni cafe will no longer re-open even after the community quarantine.
“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,” it said. And on August 24, the Cafe officially closed.
Good thing, their Cakeshop in Republic Avenue continued to operate. But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
Winding Things Down
Just this week, The Chocolate Kiss announced that they will also permanently close down their Republic Avenue Cake Shop. In a statement entitled “We’re Winding Things Down,” they said that the way they were keeping their business above water wasn’t sustainable.
“The past year of navigating through the lockdowns was quite exciting, but sadly, not sustainable, which has prompted us to wind things down,” they wrote.
With this, The Chocolate Kiss will only be open for business until June 22, their last day of selling cakes. (Read: 3 Manila Restaurants That Closed Due to the Pandemic)
Customers can still order cakes from them (for store pick up) until then, with two days lead time for all orders. You may place and schedule your orders on their website and pick it up on your own, or through a third-party courier.