19 Feb '13, 5am

Coffeeshops by day, bars by night in #Singapore - new normal with high rents?

Coffeeshops by day, bars by night in #Singapore - new normal with high rents?

Like it or not, high rents are here to stay. But rather than whinge about it, a few restaurateurs are already trying to come to terms with this reality. The latest modus operandi to be tested: a common space with different day and night uses. After all, hawker stalls are already doing it with their day and night-shift operators, so why not casual restaurants? Two months ago, seasoned restaurateur Victor Tan established Two Face, a casual pizzeria and bar that takes over an entire 1,200 square foot coffeeshop when the three hawker stalls there shut for the afternoon. Dark wood panels - which double as chalkboard menus - keep out of sight the messy pails and brash stainless steel fixtures of the day-time operators, and tungsten lights are flicked on to create a sleepy, nostalgic ambience in the retro-chic space. "This is not a novel concept, it's a practical concept. It was ...

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