Goodbyes aren't easy when you're breaking up with food. We saw a lot of restaurant openings in 2017 that we've even rounded up the best ones but just as there are always new concepts to explore and try out, there are some that have inevitably reached the finish line. Simply put, it's the rule of nature, regardless of the reasons behind each restaurant's demise. We've listed down some of the most shocking restaurant closures this year has seen.
The beautiful ancestral house-turned-restaurant was the perfect date-night setting dramatic, high ceilings, wooden décor, a romantic garden, and antique paintings that made for great conversation starters. Prior to settling along P. Guevarra Street, Café Ysabel was located at Wilson Street where it first caught the attention of San Juan City residents. Since it opened in 1982, Café Ysabel's menu had mostly remained the same, with a few adjustments here and there. It was one of the city's best-kept secrets and a witness to hundreds of wedding proposals and intimate celebrations. The news of its closing left many of its patrons in shock and wondering: Will this culinary institution ever reopen? Keep your eyes peeled: According to owner Chef Gene Gonzalez, yes, but in a bigger location just five minutes away.
Before there was Sagana, there was Champetre. Both restaurants are the brainchild of Chef Marc Aubry but the latter was more known for its rustic, country-style French cuisine and was, in fact,
BGC regulars might remember Stella for their freshly baked wood-fired pizzas, ultra-decadent roasted bone marrow appetizer, and famous porchetta (how can you forget?) but it's the luxe
It was a great four years for Project Pie in the Philippines. The U.S.-based pizza franchise made it big by introducing do-it-yourself pizza to the local food scene. Besides pizza from fast-service diners and fine Italian restaurants, the novel concept shook the pizza game in 2013. Late this year, Project Pie announced that they will be closing down all but one of their eight branches in Metro Manila, explaining their retirement was a strategic move so they could build more awesome brands. Nonetheless, we can't wait to see what's in store for the pizza company in the coming years!
Project Pie is now only open at Block 28, Commerce Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
The Japanese restaurants at Mile Long
It came as a shock, and
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café was a weeknight hangout in Makati that was popular among
There's no doubt Kimpura at Greenhills Shopping Center is one of the Metro's O.G. Japanese restaurants. This
Passion by Gerard Dubois
Passion by Gerard Dubois was a haven for all sorts of pastries and gelato. Their sweets display made anyone hungry, not to mention the whole shop smelled of freshly baked pizza and bread (one of our
Hawker-style restaurants were once a rare find in the Metro. The addition of many Singaporean street-food joints broadened our options when eating out, bringing this unique, spice-laden cuisine to the Filipino palate. When it came to serving the real thing, Makansutra Hawkers was one of the closest until they suspended their Megamall operations in September due
Café by the Ruins
Many were heartbroken upon learning the news that Baguio's famous Café by the Ruins was left, well, in ruins after a fire razed the iconic artists' haven in July. Founded by 12 artists including Ben Cabrera and Adelaida Lim, the café served their famous handcrafted bread and homey dishes to locals and tourists for over 29 years. Although patrons hoped for the café's restoration (rather, a miracle), Café by the Ruins' management confirmed that the said branch won't be opening again. Despite that, people can still visit their second branch, Café by the Ruins Dua, located just a few
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