Photo: The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane
As far as destination dining goes, Singaporeans are not short of options. We already have popular enclaves like Dempsey Village, and smaller suburban streets such as Jalan Riang.
This 320-hectare space comprises the Seletar Airport, as well as 32 colonial black and white bungalows that once housed families of the Royal Air Force.
These bungalows are part of a redevelopment project – The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park – by JTC Corporation, and some have been turned into F&B outlets.
There are now four of them -YOUNGS Bar & Restaurant by the Pentagon Group, Di Wei Teochew Restaurant, The Summerhouse by the 1-Group, and Wheeler’s Estate.
Leow Thiam Seng, Group Director of Cluster Group at JTC, says that Phase Two of the development will begin in the first quarter of 2017, and will likely involve offices, clinics, banks, and childcare services.
Down the road, visitors to The Oval can also expect “community-themed programmes like mini bazaars and carnivals,” he says.
Joseph Ong, Managing Director of the 1-Group, describes the location as “picturesque rolling landscape, reminiscent of the English countryside”.
He adds: “It’s a true respite from the busy urban life of Singapore.”
Having new eateries in the area is a move welcomed by some existing business owners, such as Poon Kng Joo who runs the year-old Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe at the MAJ Aviation Building.
Although his cafe is tucked further away in an industrial building, he hopes visitors will learn about his cafe after visiting The Oval.
“This location has been tough, so I have to keep working hard to keep myself afloat,” says Mr Poon.
This story was first published on www.businesstimes.com.sg.
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