Manila’s café culture may have begun with a simple cup of chocolate-eh
Café Adriatico was an afterthought of Larry J. Cruz. His main business was selling antique Filipino furniture in the latter seventies at the corner of Macario Adriatico Street and Remedios Circle in Ermita, Manila. But a friend encouraged him to enliven the dormant Koleksyon shop into a café. And that simply was how Café Adriatico was born in 1980.
Almost 40 years after, Café Adriatico still stands on that corner, the mother ship of the LJC Restaurant Group that is comprised of nine restaurants, not including their branches, a bakery, a resort in Pampanga, and the Group Catering Service.