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Chinatown Food Street likely to reopen by end-Feb

A revitalised Chinatown Food Street is likely to resume operations by the end of this month, its management Select Group said to Channel NewsAsia after a briefing on Thursday.

SINGAPORE: A revitalised Chinatown Food Street is likely to resume operations by the end of this month, its management Select Group said to Channel NewsAsia after a briefing on Thursday.

The Building and Construction Authority was at the site for an inspection to check if the work that has been done complied with building requirements.

Channel NewsAsia understands the inspection process usually takes about a week before a Temporary Occupation Permit is issued.

The reopening of the Food Street was pushed back from the end of last year to mid-January.

It was pushed back again due to renovation delays.

Renovation work on the area is almost complete, except for minor painting works.

The estimated budget for the renovation was initially S$4 million, but Select Group said that has now exceeded by another S$1 million.

Once open, it will feature 10 famous restaurants as well as 24 hawker stalls.

There were formerly only 18 stalls, of which only nine were in operation.

Of the nine, only two stall operators have been invited back, after a stringent food quality tasting by Select Group.

The Food Street is expected to be the only food street in Singapore to feature cuisines from the main Chinese dialects as well as those of other races.

Select Group said the area can cater to about 600 to 700 visitors at any one time, and expects to see between 6,000 and 8,000 visitors daily.

Operating hours are expected to be between 11am and 11pm. 

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