Hua Nam dimsum coffeeshop in Upper Thomson to close in end-March

Hua Nam dimsum coffeeshop in Upper Thomson to close in end-March
PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

If you're a big fan of hearty, old-school dim sum, you might want to journey to Hua Nam Restaurant soon.

The 49-year-old institution that dishes out flavours of the 1970s in an ageing shophouse at Upper Thomson Road will shut for good at the end of March, reported Shin Min Daily News today.

The third-generation owners, who are already in their 60s, told the Chinese paper that they want to retire soon and would not be passing the business to an external party.

Hua Nam restaurant in 2011.Photo: The Straits Times

Founded by their grandfather, Mr Siew Hoy Yean, it began as a roadside hawker stall in the 1950s before moving into the coffeeshop in 1968.

One of the current owners, Mr Sam Siew, 54, told Shin Min that they churned out 1,000 steamers of hand-made dim sum every day during its heyday.

But competition from new eateries and the construction of an MRT line in front of the shop have taken its toll on shop profits.

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