Closing Cantonese bar in Telok Ayer holds open house sale on Nov. 16, 2020

The bar pays tribute to 1980s Hong Kong.

Mandy How | November 16, 2020, 12:25 PM

Cantonese tapas bar Sum Yi Tai has closed its doors at Boon Tat Street for good.

For two days on Nov. 15 and 16, the bar is holding a open house sale, where furniture, dining ware, and memorabilia will be available for shoppers to take home (at a price, we believe).

The sale runs from 1pm - 7pm.

Sum Yi Tai spans three storeys in a conservation shophouse, encompassing a ground floor bar, a rooftop bar, and a cocktail back room.

As the establishment pays tribute to the glamour of 1980s Hong Kong, you can probably expect items to at least look a certain vintage.

The name of the bar translates to "Third Wife" in English, which explains its suitably clandestine vibes.

Photo via Sum Yi Tai/Facebook

Photo via Sum Yi Tai/Facebook

Photo via Sum Yi Tai/Facebook

Photo via Sum Yi Tai/Facebook

Photo via Sum Yi Tai/Facebook

Photo via @mistermarkfuentes on Instagram

Photo via @dycube on Instagram

Rental difficulties

The team behind Sum Yi Tai said that they had to shut down as their landlord "insists on pre-Covid rent."

"[...] While all of you have been very supportive, these are not pre-Covid times. Our business has become unviable due to the large percentage that rent will take up," the Facebook post added.

However, the establishment is looking to relocate with a "good landlord," and asks customers to keep an eye out for them.

Top photo via Sum Yi Tai/Facebook

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