Singapore's popular food places: Are they still there?
Published on Apr 21, 2014 5:46 PM
Some have closed for good, bringing with them famous names. Others have reopened after extensive facelifts, much to the delight of loyal diners.
The popular food haunt Longhouse in Upper Thomson Road has called it a day after 14 years to make way for redevelopment.
We look at some of the famous eating places which have shut down in recent years, and those which have made a comeback.
What has happened to it: The 14-year-old eatery shut down on April 20. It was sold in January this year for $45.2 million to listed developer TEE Land for a commercial and residential development.
What it is known for: Favourite stalls include Soon Kee Lor Duck Rice stall, Bugis St Chuen Chuen Chicken Rice, and Te Wei Popiah & Rojak.
Where to find these stalls: Six stalls, including Bugis St Chuen Chuen Chicken Rice, will move to Balestier Market in Balestier Road. Five others, such as Soon Kee Lor Duck Rice and Te Wei Popiah & Rojak, are moving to a coffeeshop at 100 Tyrwhitt Road, near Jalan Besar stadium.
Where: Lavender Food Square in Jalan Besar
What has happened to it: It will make way later this year for a new commercial building.
What it is known for: Favourite stalls include Whitley Road Fish Ball Noodle, Albert Street Prawn Noodle and Kin Turtle Soup.
Where to find these stalls: Some are looking to move, others have no plans yet and may take a break.
Where: Novena Ville in Thomson Road
What has happened to it: Restaurants at Novena Ville had to relocate in March last year to make way for Novena Regency, a freehold mixed development of residential and commercial units.
What it is known for: Chicken rice restaurant Wee Nam Kee, which had been there for 26 years, and The Vines Seafood And Steak Restaurant.
Where to find these stalls: Wee Nam Kee has moved to United Square shopping mall, while The Vines Seafood And Steak Restaurant has ceased operations.
Where: Changi Village Hawker Centre in Changi Village Road
What has happened to it: It reopened last year after a 10-month upgrading at a cost of $4.83 million.
What it is known for: Popular nasi lemak stalls International Muslim Food Nasi Lemak and Mizzy’s Corner, and Western food stall Charlie’s Corner.
Where: Chinatown Food Street in Smith Street
What has happened to it: It finally opened in February this year after a $5-million facelift. Its opening date was delayed by two months because of building complications, the rainy season and the Chinese New Year crowd.
What it is known for: The food street features famous eateries such as Shi Sheng Claypot Frog Porridge, Chomp Chomp Goodluck BBQ Chicken Wings and Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon & BBQ Steamboat.
Where: Lau Pa Sat in Raffles Quay
What has happened to it: The iconic food centre was closed in September last year for a $4-million facelift. Renovation was slated to be completed in November but its opening date has been pushed back to late April.
What it is known for: The food centre, with more than 100 stalls selling food such as satay and barbequed seafood, was a popular lunch spot for nearby office workers.