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Gluttons Square extended till Feb 2005

In response to overwhelming positive feedback from the public, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will extend the operation of the Orchard Road Carpark Gluttons Square till 28 February 2005.

Beyond this date, the Urban Redevelopment Authority and STB are studying other possibilities for this site as part of the plans to further enhance Orchard Road.

New stalls that serve well-known, popular local food will replace some of the existing stalls. To better manage the preparation of the new stalls, Gluttons Square will be closed for one day on 1 August.

All stalls will resume operation on 2 August, from 6 pm to 3 am on Monday to Thursday and Sunday, and from 6 pm to 4 am on Friday, Saturday and eve of public holidays.

The operation hours have been improved in response to feedback from the public, vendors as well as surveys that were carried out at Gluttons Square. Survey results reveal that traffic was low between 4 am to 6 am, constituting just 1 per cent of the total daily traffic. (Please see Annex A)

The Kopitiam Group of Companies will take over management of Gluttons Square from Makansutra Pte Ltd with effect from 1 August.

Kopitiam has more than 70 outlets in its portfolio including Lau Pa Sat and the open-air stalls at Boon Tat Street. The company will monitor and maintain the quality of the food, as well as ensure that the new stalls continue to serve popular local dishes that are representative of authentic Singapore local food. Kopitiam will also maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of the area, as well as monitor and ensure that prices and portion sizes of the food served are reasonable.

The Orchard Road Carpark Gluttons Square is one of the key highlights of this year's Singapore Food Festival (SFF). The extension of its operations will enable more people to enjoy the nostalgia of eating authentic local street food under the stars along Orchard Road, while allowing more tourists to discover the rich flavours of our local fare and get a taste of Singapore's unique food culture.

This year's SFF and the Orchard Road Carpark Hawkers event are a culmination of the Singapore Tourism Board's Let's Makan! initiative, to encourage Singaporeans to become ambassadors of local food, as well as to actively promote Singapore's distinctive local fare.

This event has prompted much feedback from the public, which reinforces the fact that local food has strong appeal and shows that Singaporeans are truly passionate and proud of our uniquely Singaporean cuisine.

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Source: Singapore Tourism Board Press Release 31 Jul 2004

 

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