Despite the COVID-19 downturn, many are bucking the trend and opening F&B businesses. In the past three months alone, we’ve witnessed a number of celebrities setting up shop both online and in brick and mortar spaces. First, Chen Shucheng opened a bubble tea shop, then Jin Yinji started an online biz selling homemade kimchi, and just last week, Chew Chor Meng expanded his hawker empire with a new pao fan stall in Jalan Sultan. Now, it’s Shane Pow’s turn to open a Korean food stall. The actor invested a “low five-figure sum” to start Gogiyo, which means “meat please”, with three childhood friends. The fortnight-old stall is located in a rather stylish bistro-style food court called Grains & Hops in a flatted factory in Toa Payoh, a 10-minute walk from Braddell MRT station. It sells rice bowls by day and army stew and Korean BBQ by night.
“My partners and I miss travelling. Since we cannot travel this year, we decided to bring a taste of Korea to you ’cos we love Korean food. Opening a stall allows us to keep prices affordable, so customers can enjoy good quality food with their friends and family without burning a big hole in their wallet. And there’s no better way to do it than over hotpot and barbecue,” Shane tells 8days.sg.
“We were looking at kopitiams but we happened to find this space and it’s quite a nice location. There are a lot of offices nearby and it's like a bistro — there’s air-con and they also serve drinks. You can have soju here.”
The 30-year-old used to co-own hip grain bowl eatery, Mojo, but he sold his share of the biz at the beginning of the year. “I had a good deal. Someone offered to buy over my shares, so I cashed out,” he says. Just as well — Mojo has since shut its two outlets in Republic Plaza and Telok Ayer and is now focusing on catering.
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