Food Places Closing 2017
Modish cafes and eateries pop up around Singapore seemingly almost every week, but how many of them are able to survive in the gruelling food and beverage industry?
Manpower shortages, rising rental cost and redevelopment are but a few of a host of problems that F&B owners are faced with.
The competitiveness has proven too much for some food places, with some slated to close their shutters for good this year.
1. Hua Nam Restaurant
Located at Upper Thomson Road, Hua Nam Restaurant is a 49-year-old dim sum eatery that started out as a roadside stall in the 1950s.
Just like your regular dim sum shops, you can find local favourites like siew mai, ha gao and lor mai kai here.
Sadly, patrons will no longer be able to relish the old-school vibes and delish chinese cuisine that the restaurant has to offer come the end of March.
Mr Siew Tak Foo, 59, one of the owners, cited health factors and being unable to find a successor as the main reasons why the third-generation owners decided to retire.
Business also suffered due to the Thomson Line construction works in the vicinity and fierce competition in the F&B industry.
If you’d like to drop a nostalgia bomb on your taste buds, you can pay them a visit before they close down for good.
Address: 244 Upper Thomson Road #01-210, Singapore 574369
Phone: 6453 3645
Opening Hours: 11am-11.45pm, Tuesday to Sunday; closed on Mon
2. Golden Shoe Food Centre
Affordable yet tasty hawker fare is always welcome, even if it is within the bustling Central Business District flooded with air-conditioned eateries.
Golden Shoe Food Centre appeals to the heartlander in every office worker, and has become a favourite lunch time spot.
It is slated to be redeveloped in the second half of 2017, into a 280m-high office building — joining the countless skyscrapers we already have.
If you’re a kopitiam kinda person, you can check out which stalls are worth visiting before the food centre closes forever.
You can even get a glimpse into the lives of veteran hawkers from the Golden Shoe Food Centre here.
Address: 50 Market Street, Singapore 048940
Phone: 9797 9506
Opening Hours: 6am-6pm daily
3. Holland Village Ipoh Hor Fun
Holland Village’s famous Ipoh Hor Fun stall has been standing strong in Holland Village Food Centre for the past 11 years.
However, the owner, Madam Ng Chue Len, 58, suffers from backache and is retiring due to the punishing 12-hour working shifts.
She isn’t going to retire without leaving her legacy behind though. She is willing to impart her skills and recipes for dishes like ipoh hor fun, chicken rice and wanton for free.
But of course, there’s no such thing as a free lunch in this world.
The catch is that those who set up their businesses after learning under her will have to pay her $500 to $800 monthly.
If you want to master Madam Ng’s trade secrets or simply indulge in a hearty bowl of her Ipoh hor fun, you can do so before she closes at the end of the month.
Address: 1 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277700
Opening Hours: 6am-12am (market)
4. Beauty World Food Centre
Following in Golden Shoe Food Centre’s footsteps, Beauty World Food Centre seems to be biting the dust soon too.
The future of Beauty World Food Centre is up in the air, with many hawkers left in limbo.
They were initially told to move out by Feb 11, but the deadline has been extended to an unspecified date.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) has not received any information from the licensee on their future plans, with the centre’s food shop licence expiring in November 2017.
With all the uncertainty surrounding Beauty World Food Centre’s closure, now’s the best time to go on a lip-smacking Beauty World Food Trail should they unexpectedly close soon.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Level 4 Beauty World Plaza, Singapore 588177
If you’re a regular customer who’s wondering how to survive Beauty World Food Centre’s impending closure, you may want to check out other cheap Bukit Timah food here.
5. Sakae Sushi
Okay, so Sakae Sushi isn’t totally closing down — but 6 of its outlets will be shuttered this year.
You might be forgiven for thinking a restaurant chain like Sakae Sushi would be able to withstand the vagaries of the F&B industry.
But surprise surprise, even the sushi giants are struggling in Singapore.
In the past few months, Sakae Sushi has closed 10 outlets — that’s doesn’t include the 6 that are soon to be closed.
According to The Straits Times, Sakae Sushi has been in “loss-making mode over the last 2 years”.
It is almost unthinkable to witness Sakae Sushi leaving our shores, but that could prove to be a reality if things don’t pick up for the conveyor belt-concept sushi restaurant.
Well, things aren’t that bleak yet, as they still have over 20 outlets here in Singapore, which means you’ll still be able to satisfy your sushi cravings for awhile.
Out With The Old, In With The New
While it’s nice to be out with the old and in with the new, it’s inevitably saddening to see our favourite food places that we’re so used to dining at close down.
At least there’s still time for us to dine at these places before they become a part of our history.