Chee Soon Juan Opens New Café Called Orange & Teal
Dr Chee Soon Juan is a well-known figure in Singapore due to his opposition campaigning.
Though he’s never been in Parliament, he’s been fervently involved in politics for decades and is still going strong.
However, his latest venture must surprise some people — it’s not a new political campaign, book or social media video, but a café.
He’s hoping for Singaporeans’ support, including sharing about his new business with others.
New café opens on 25 Jun
Dr Chee’s new café is named Orange & Teal and is set to open on Friday (25 Jun) — just in time to take advantage of Singapore opening up dining-in for groups of 2.
It will be located on the 2nd floor of Rochester Mall, just a short walk from Buona Vista MRT.
The relatively less well-known mall houses a few F&B outlets and private schools over 3 levels.
Café is a long-term dream for Chee Soon Juan & wife
Why does the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP) Secretary-General want to open a café, though?
Dr Chee explained his reasons in a Facebook post on Monday (21 Jun) night.
He said it’d been a “long-term dream” of him and his wife to own a place for Singaporeans to come together with loved ones and friends.
The objective is not just for them to gather for a meal or cuppa, but to have conversation – or as he describes it, “intelligent discussion, even impassioned debate”.
So much so that he’s got the slogan “Where the conversation’s even better” engraved over the doorway.
He’s always wanted a social enterprise
Another reason is that Dr Chee has always wanted to start a social enterprise.
Even though he says he “never was” a businessman and doesn’t think he’ll ever be one, he intends for the business to support causes close to his heart.
That’s why he knows that the café “must be viable as a business”.
To that end, he hopes Singaporeans will extend their support and share it with everybody they know.
He’ll elaborate on his vision another day, he added.
Not halal-certified, but won’t serve pork
Muslims will have to note that the café isn’t halal-certified for now.
However, Dr Chee said that they won’t serve pork, lard or pork-related items.
They’ll serve wine and beer but keep glassware for alcohol separately.
Thus, he hopes Muslim friends can come as well.
Further details on the menu and pricing will be released later.
How to get to Orange & Teal
For those who want to support Dr Chee’s café, Rochester Mall is located on North Buona Vista Road. It’s also walkable from The Star Vista.
Address: #02-12, Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive, Singapore 138639
Opening Hours: 11am–10pm (25 Jun)
Nearest MRT: Buona Vista
He’ll continue to walk on
Though Dr Chee will soon be a café boss, we don’t think he’ll let his political ambitions go just yet.
If his activity on social media is any indication, he’ll move the conversation to his café.
If you’ve always wanted to have a kopi with Dr Chee, you know where he’ll be.
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