Pre-war Keong Saik Road coffee shop moving out

Pre-war Keong Saik Road coffee shop moving out

SINGAPORE - Mr Tang Chew Fue, owner of Tong Ah, blames the upheaval on the sale of the property to a foreign investor, believed to be a hotelier. It is valued at about $8 million, he said.

Tong Ah Eating House moves out after 75 years

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    For about 75 years, Tong Ah Eating House has stood out in Keong Saik Road for its distinctive red-and-white facade and shape as it sits on a triangular plot of land.

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    But from Monday next week, this old-school coffee shop will head out to a new shophouse, even if it is just a few doors down the same road.

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    The move marks the uprooting of a business the great-grandfather of Mr Tang Chew Fue, 50, started at the spot in 1939, a date embossed on a signage proudly displayed at the top of the three-storey building.

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    Mr Tang blames the upheaval on the sale of the property to a foreign investor, believed to be a hotelier. It is valued at about $8 million, he said.

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    The coffee shop's owner is a relative of Mr Tang, who rents the place for $8,000 a month.

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    He declined to go into the reasons for the sale and neither the relative nor the new owner could be reached for comment.

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    Little has changed on the menu as the Foochow family stuck to its winning formula of serving kaya toast in the morning and zi char food at night.


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