Lavender Food Square will be closed down for good later this year as hawkers are expected to move out in six to nine months' time.
The hawker centre and Eminent Plaza located next door will be torn down and replaced by a 16-storey freehold office building with 160 units, slated to be ready by 2018.
Both buildings were built in the 1980s.
Located at the junction of Lavender Street and Jalan Besar, the food centre had undergone only one major overhaul when it was closed in 1990 for renovations.
Known as Bugis Square previously, the food centre's public drainage system used to clog up and flooded whenever it rained.
It reopened in 1992 and was renamed Lavender Food Square to avoid confusion with Bugis Street.
At its maximum capacity, the seating area can accommodate about 800 people with more than 30 stalls in operation.
Long queues form nightly at the legendary Kok Kee wanton mee, while the Whitley Road Fish Ball Noodle, Albert Street Prawn Noodle, and Kin Turtle Soup, which sells turtle soup and crocodile soup, provided epic meal times for the dinner and supper crowds that lasted up to 2am on most mornings.
Lavender Food Square is also remembered as one of the places to be during the history-making General Election 2011.
As it is located directly opposite the shop house headquarters of the opposition National Solidarity Party, impromptu press conferences and photo opportunities were carried out there to the amusement of hawkers, backpackers and streetwalkers.
Source: Edwin Koo
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