One other one bites the mud within the F&B enterprise attributable to Covid-19. This time it’s a whole road of hawker meals delights.
Chinatown Meals Avenue has closed for good after 20 years of operations, in keeping with The Straits Occasions. Its final day was on Friday, Oct 22.
A spokesman for operator Choose Group mentioned that the corporate couldn’t proceed with the enterprise attributable to “no vacationers or native crowd”. The tenants had been additionally not paying their hire.
It used to characteristic stalls like King of Fried Rice, Tiong Bahru Meng Kee Roast Duck, and Boon Tat BBQ Seafood.
Tried to revive the enterprise
Throughout Covid-19, promotions and offers had been provided in a bid to attract crowds again to the meals road. It reopened in December final yr that includes steamboat and ala carte buffet ideas.
However the lack of crowds impacted by the resurgence of Covid-19 within the metropolis state this yr made it tough for the meals enterprise to proceed. The closed borders additionally had nearly zero vacationers to patronise these meals stalls at Chinatown.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) mentioned it had offered assist measures and labored intently with Choose Group on this interval to revive the enterprise. Assist included rental waivers and monetary help for advertising efforts.
STB says it’s working intently with related businesses to discover choices for the location, in response to queries from The Straits Occasions.
Meals road opened in 2001
The meals road opened in 2001 as a part of the STB’s efforts to revitalise Chinatown.
Stretching a number of metres lengthy alongside Smith Avenue, it had drawn in crowds in the beginning however footfall began to dwindle a number of years later.
In 2013, it closed for renovations to refresh the location, together with constructing a roof to shelter diners. The positioning reopened in 2014 with new operator Choose Group, showcasing 24 stalls.
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