23 Mar '14, 7am

Retro school-themed cafes in Singapore Old-school chalkboards are making a comeback in cafes, as they trigger...

Retro school-themed cafes in Singapore Old-school chalkboards are making a comeback in cafes, as they trigger...

For a retro school-themed cafe, Old School Delights fittingly has wall-to-wall chalkboards on which the doodles jostle for space with the daily specials. Yet, no mere untidy pupil scrawls on those chalkboards; instead, the eatery in Upper Thomson Road pays a professional illustrator to design what is on them - chalking up a bill of $2,000 in the process. Chalkboard writer Admira Pustika, 30, took two months in late 2011 to design some of Old School Delights' 4m-tall chalkboards, writing dish names such as "banana cake" and "chendol" in neat, blocky capital letters and decorating blank spaces with unpretentious cartoons of cakes. Says the cafe's co-owner, Ms Olivia Teo, 41: "We want our cafe to feel nostalgic, so we decided to hire someone to create this mood. "Customers often tell us that the chalkboards remind them of when they were in school, sitting in front of the chal...

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