Covid-19 has hit the local F&B industry hard, and celebrity-owned restaurants are not spared from the drastic dip in business. Well-loved veteran actor Chen Shucheng, 74, recently shocked his loyal customers when he abruptly shuttered his popular Chinese restaurant Teochew City earlier this month. The eatery along MacPherson Road had been enjoying steady business since it opened in June 2018, though it started slowing down in February this year as the coronavirus outbreak worsened.
“March was the worst [for the restaurant],” he tells 8days.sg over the phone. “January was okay. Our business at the start of this year was better than last year, ’cos back then we were new and not many people knew about us. But February and March was when our revenue started going down. We did a promotion in March and that attracted customers. It was okay, but not great. The [Covid-19 situation] was getting very bad.”