Celebs Kate Pang and Marcus Chin's grilled fish restaurant Tian Tian You Yu was originally slated to open on Apr. 24, when Singaporeans were still allowed to hang out in groups of eight.
Unfortunately, due to issues with the fire safety certificate, the opening was pushed back to May 11, when the permissible group size had dwindled to five.
Three days later on May 14, the no dine-in rule was announced.
Business "greatly impacted"
When we asked Pang how business compared before and after the Heightened Alert (HA) phase was implemented, the actress and host said in Mandarin that it has been "greatly impacted".
"We only have foodpanda as our delivery partner at the moment, but there are no residential areas near us. Everyone is also working from home, so takeaway orders are few as well."
In fact, the store is making daily losses, with only a few hundred dollars of revenue per day. For context, one serving of grilled fish is about S$40, while other dishes range from S$5 - S$98.
That's not enough to cover the rent, Pang told us. A quick search online showed that an F&B unit in the mall costs upwards of S$15,000, if you want an estimate.
Chin and Pang are also waiting for other delivery companies to reply, so that they can set up islandwide delivery, which should lead to more orders.
The actress added that the team is "still ok" and staying positive, while shareholders are pulling their weight by fulfilling delivery orders themselves.
You can read more about the restaurant's offerings here:
The restaurant is currently running a 15 per cent off self pick-up:
Top image via Kate Pang's Instagram, Tian Tian You Yu, Jeremy Chan/Google Maps