Ban costs her wedding reception

Ban costs her wedding reception
Madam Amy Tho in her restaurant.

SINGAPORE - First, the owners of Quan Xiang Yuan (Jing Ji) Seafood Restaurant were told on Tuesday evening that they could not serve liquor this weekend.

This forced a couple to cancel their plans to hold their wedding dinner there.

The next day, the restaurant owners were told that the restaurant, at 252 Jalan Besar Road, was outside the boundary for the alcohol ban.

But the damage was done.

The restaurant lost at least $3,000 to $4,000 of expected revenue.

The owner's daughter, Madam Amy Tho, 42, told The New Paper on Friday that when officers came to issue the first letter on Tuesday evening, she was astonished.

"I felt we were so innocent. Firstly, our customers are not foreign workers. Secondly, we are not in the pub or karaoke business, we are a restaurant.

"I was thinking, if this ban goes on, what will we do during Chinese New Year?"

She said she immediately rang customers who had made weekend reservations.

"If they were planning to celebrate, they might feel let down," she said.

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