It seems like a bug not being able to see the game menus when the night time palette is used.
This can be fixed by changing the palette index for the the gump background plus text box background and highlight. This did not look very good with the day palette. This could be made better with a separate gump frames or shapes used exclusively for night. A patch is included to show the changes for this other than coding for night/day and renaming or moving the frames onto the existing shapes.
Another option would be using the MENU_FONT which will require a lot of size tweaking in both text height, width, and gump size. This looks okay (although a little off aesthetically at night).