Mentai-Ya Hawker Chain Boss Became Grab Driver To Clear $120K Debt, Now Owns Five Stalls & Two Cafes
The millennial started the Mentai-Ya chain during the pandemic, after clearing part of his debt. He recently opened a chirashi & gelato cafe.
Khoo Keat Hwee, 35, is a busy man. When he’s not running Mentai-Ya Japanese Cuisine – a popular modern rice bowl hawker chain with five outlets across Singapore – he’s searching for new locations and untapped markets to explore. Enter two-month-old Coffee & Chirashi, a 28-seater cafe tucked away in Sunshine Place shopping mall at Choa Chu Kang.
He explains: “Choa Chu Kang is a place that lacks great cafe food. And especially in this case, since Sunshine Place’s food court has been closed for more than a year.” Which is why the Japanese-themed brunch and dessert eatery serves a wide-ranging menu, including coffee and chirashi, along with Japanese-accented sandos, breakfast plates and gelato.
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