In April this year, Kenny Rogers Roasters — the chicken-based restaurant chain founded by American country singer Kenny Rogers — abruptly announced that it was shuttering its last standing outlet in Singapore at Great World City on April 14. The casual eatery was well-known for its hearty comfort dishes like Rotisserie Chicken, Roasted Honey Bourbon Baby Back Ribs, Mac & Cheese and Corn Muffin.
Fans were surprised, though the chain had been on a slow decline; back in its heyday in the ’90s and noughties, it counted as many as seven franchised outlets in Singapore in prime locations like Suntec City and Marina Square. It also operated a popular branch in Holland Village. Great World City was its sole remaining outlet till Kenny Rogers Roasters’ parent company, Pacific Utama, decided to pull the plug.