Filipino fans of kopi tiam fare learned this week that popular Singaporean chain restaurant Toast Box will be closing all its branches in the Philippines. No more quick stops for their kaya toast as a little merienda (snack) or Nanyang coffee as a mid-day pick-me-up. Sigh.
According to a statement from Toast Box Philippines, their operations will end next Thursday, May 31.
“We want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for your patronage for the past 10 years. It has been a privilege and a delight serving you throughout the years,” the statement reads.
Toast Box, a sister brand of chain bakery BreadTalk, first opened in the Philippines in 2007 and has six branches all over Metro Manila and one in Cebu City. It’s also popular in other countries across the region, with over 70 outlets in Singapore, as well as shops throughout Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China.
Some of its patrons couldn’t help but share their *feels* about the closure on social media.
Facebook user Christine Ang decided to make the most out of the limited time she has with the restaurant.
“Treasuring my favorite coffee before Toast Box Philippines closes all its outlets,” she captioned a photo of a cup of coffee.
Others like Marv Echipare haven’t quite accepted it yet.
Twitter user @jpmanlapaz brought out all the emojis that illustrated his feelings — broken hearts included.
While @rafalubigan just. Can’t. Deal.
i cannot deal with the news that toast box is closing in the philippines huhuhu
— rafa lubigan (@rafalubigan) May 19, 2018
Toast Box Philippines’ statement ends on a more positive note, though — apparently the brand is working on another food concept to replace its closing outlets.
“We will be renovating our stores and will re-open with a new brand,” it says.
While not much is known about this new restaurant, Spot.ph reported that it will be called “Nanyang” and will serve “Asian favorites.” Its first branch is set to open in SM Aura on June 1, Friday.