EXPATS and regular visitors to Marbella have been left shocked following the apparent closure of the much-loved Passion Cafe.
The institution, run by Irishman Malcolm Spendlove, brought foodies from far and wide and was hugely popular for its breakfast and desserts.
The cafe has served customers in the La Colonia centre, in San Pedro de Alcantara, since the early 1990s.
But now the restaurant appears to have closed its doors, with a sign on its windows telling customers it has ‘ceased trading’.
“Passion Cafe has ceased trading as of today Thursday 30th January 2020,” the note reads.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to all our customers who have supported us over the past 20 years.”
In a picture of the sign uploaded to social media, Brits and Irish lamented the closure, saying it was an ‘end of an era’.
“This was the one place you could count on being open and having good internet, parking and not extortionate pricing,” wrote one fan, “A real shame!”
“I can’t believe it,” wrote another, “so many important events and memories associated with that place.”
One expat said: “Such a popular meeting place and always seems busy… Passion Cafe will be missed.”
The Olive Press has contacted Passion Cafe for a comment.