Cafe Adriatico hit by fire, to temporarily relocate while original site is restored

Screencap from Carlos Celdran’s Facebook fan page

According to artist, activist and Intramuros walking tour guide Carlos Celdran, Cafe Adriatico in Malate will "temporarily move across the street" while its original two-story site is being restored, following last night’s fire.

Celdran Tweeted that the fire started on the first floor of the bohemian antique store-turned cafe. However, it was the second floor ceiling that sustained extensive damage. "Chairs, tables and wood details, especially on the ground floor, (were) spared."

The origin of the fire, which started at 10:45 p.m. and lasted 30 minutes before firemen put it out, is still "undetermined" according to GMANews.tv. No one was reported injured.

The first restaurant established by the late Larry Cruz of the famed LJC Restaurant Group, Cafe Adriatico has "served familiar Filipino and Spanish dishes since 1979," reports GMANews.tv. "A favorite of Malate habitues... It was well known for its callos. Late-night theater patrons would go there for its traditional Chocolate Eh and churros merienda." Celdran Tweeted, "Cafe Adriatico was really the last bastion of Malate’s former gentility. The child of LJC, the man who literally defined Malate’s Bohemian lifestyle."

For more on this story, log on to Carlos Celdran’s Twitter account and GMANews.tv.

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