Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno has ordered the temporary suspension of the “Night Café” at Divisoria pending further study to address concerns on traffic, sanitation and peace and order.
A task force has been created to study the operations of the Night Café without hampering traffic. Proposals to relocate the Night Café have also been raised. Accordingly, Night Café will resume operations once all these concerns have been addressed.
The Night Café was established in August 2003 and occurs every Friday and Saturday night from 6:00PM to 3:00AM where a large section of the Golden Friendship Park from Corrales Avenue to Capistrano Street is closed to traffic and converted into an open-air restaurant with over 100 concessionaires. Live bands and other events at the Kiosko and a large makeshift stage also add to the attractions. However, complaints from nearby Xavier University over loud music prompted the city government to confine the Night Café from Apolinar Velez Street to Capistrano Street. The makeshift stage was also relocated from Pabayo Street to Rizal Street. The section from Apolinar Velez to Corrales Avenue was converted into a flea market called “Night Market” where lots of items are sold at affordable and negotiable prices from clothing, blankets, DVD to toys.
That same year (2003), the Night Café was conferred a Kalakbay Award under the DoT’s WOW Philippines Program through then Tourism Secretary Richard Gordon who was impressed with the crowd upon his visit to the city. Since then, it has been a favorite destination among tourists which draws crowd every Friday and Saturday nights.
photos by Haiko Magtrayo