SINGAPORE - Two popular long-standing eateries at East Coast Parkway's Raintree Cove - Long Beach seafood restaurant and fast-food joint Burger King - are among the businesses there facing closure by next February.
TODAY news site reported that the National Parks Board (NParks) plans to take over the site in March next year after the master tenant Raintree Cove's lease expires on Feb 28, 2017.
Long Beach, a household name which began in Upper East Coast Road in the early 1980s, opened its third and flagship outlet at East Coast Parkway (ECP) in 1992 near Burger King, which started operating later, in 2006. Long Beach has four other outlets in Singapore.
Ju Shin Jung East Korean Charcoal BBQ Restaurant and Lorna Whiston preschool are two other well-known establishments at Raintree Cove. It is a landmark with iconic pitched roofs in the huge beach park, which sits on reclaimed land facing the Singapore Strait.
NParks told TODAY that it would reveal development plans for the area when they are ready.
The move is to cater to the large number of visitors flocking to the park, especially on the weekends.
Singapore's most popular and biggest park, which receives more than 7 million visitors each year, has seen improvements at the Parkland Green enclave, which opened in September 2014. Sprawling lawns, that were once fenced up there, are now open to users.
There are also facilities for dining, recreation, sports retail and a garden-themed carpark.
Another area, Marine Cove, which has been closed for several years for refurbishment, is expected to open around the middle of this year.
It will offer will more green space, a playground with equipment for children with physical challenges, and a mix of dining and recreational facilities to complement those at Parkland Green, according to NParks website.
Both eateries that might close at ECP next year hold special memories for many as they have dined there for family celebrations, romantic dates and beach outings.
Long Beach is particularly popular for its Singapore's signature chilli crab and black pepper crab which it claimed to have created in the 1980s.
Waves of change at East Coast Park