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Daniel Ong isn’t afraid of cutting to the chase. When asked for the reason behind opening his one-week-old F&B venture, a Korean-influenced steakhouse simply named Dan’s Steaks, the former radio DJ tells us candidly: “I’ve lost my income — I gotta find a way to make a living.”

The loss he’s referring to is the closure of his casual western restaurant chain Rookery as well as his renovation business, which has been suffering due to the pandemic and his ongoing Twelve Cupcakes court case. If you haven’t heard, Daniel is facing charges under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act linked to the cake chain he founded with ex-wife and former actress Jaime Teo. They were charged with underpaying foreign workers over three years and Jaime was fined $65k in March. Daniel declined to discuss his expected outcome for the case — his court hearing begins next month.

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