Fish & Co at Park Mall to close: 5 things you may remember about the Glass House

The Glass House branch of Fish & Co.
The Glass House branch of Fish & Co.PHOTO: FISH & CO

SINGAPORE - Remember dining at the Glass House, and taking photos with the 'Love' sculpture in front of it?

Park Mall and the Glass House will soon join other bygone Singapore landmarks in Singaporeans' memories as redevelopment for the site is on the cards.

Fish & Co, the restaurant at the Glass House, said on Wednesday (Jan 20) that its outlet there will be closed for good come June 2016.

Here's a look at the Penang Road mall through the years:

1. TGIF! Let's plan a birthday sabotage

Fish & Co has been at the Glass House for 14 years, and many young Singaporeans held birthday parties and gatherings at the restaurant.

"If you have gone to school in Singapore, chances are, you have celebrated a classmate's birthday at the Glasshouse at least once where all the staff are on deck to 'sabotage' the birthday celebrant," Fish & Co said in their press release.

As part of the restaurant's farewell promotion, customers who present a photo of a "birthday sabotage" at the Glass House can get a free dish from Fish & Co.

Those in their 30s and older will remember the American bistro restaurant that first occupied that space - TGI Friday's which served burgers and Mexican fare.

2. Don't you just LOVE that sculpture?


The Love sculpture has been moved to the courtyard of Winsland House II. ST PHOTO: HUANG LIJIE

After a meal, few could resist taking a photo at the 'Love' sculpture outside.

It's not entirely gone, just moved to the courtyard of Winsland House II, which is also on Penang Road.

The blue-green sculpture with a tilted 'O' was commissioned by Wing Tai Land in 1993, and cost $370,000.

It was the largest ever produced by American pop artist Robert Indiana then. There are many versions of the sculptures around the world.

3. Before Park Mall, there was Supreme House


Supreme House was sold to Wing Tai in 1989, which turned it into Park Mall. PHOTO: ST FILE

Before it became Park Mall in 1992, older Singaporeans shopped at Supreme House through the 1970s and 80s.

The 14-storey building, which was built in 1971, housed departmental store Metro and had a well-known coffee house named Skillets at first, then Silver Spoon. The "multi-purpose" building also had offices and conference halls.

It was sold to Wing Tai in 1989, which turned it into Park Mall. The mall focused on Asian fashion until 1994 when it became a furniture hub.

4. Coffee at Silver Spoon?

 

The 24-hour coffee house, a hip hangout in the 1970s, was known for its circular design and hostesses who ushered guests to their tables.

First named Skillets, the eatery was at the centre of a tussle between the owners - estranged husband and wife - Mr Neo Tai Kim and Madam Foo Stie Wah.

Madam Foo was named owner and renamed it Silver Spoon in 1980. It closed in 2003.

5. What next after Fish & Co?

Two new office buildings with retail space are planned for the site.

Suntec Reit bought the mall from Wing Tai in 2005. Last year, it was sold to Park Mall Investment, a joint venture company of which Suntec Reit has a 30 per cent interest.

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