Indonesian restaurant The Rice Table closing down after 24 years

The Rice Table Indonesian restaurant will be ceasing its operations after 24 years when its lease expires at the end of May.

In their Facebook post, the team shared with their customers that they “have made the decision not to continue operating”. The restaurant opened on 13 October 1997 at International Building and is still operating in the same building on the second floor.

“We would like to thank all our staff and also the many part-time staff who’ve been a part of our team. Most of all, a big thank you to all our customers, for it is all of you who kept us in business for 24 years. We will certainly treasure the memories,” the restaurant wrote, thanking both staff and customers for the years of support.

For over 20 years, the restaurant has served authentic Indonesian cuisine rijsttafel (rice table) styled. According to their website, the rice table styled is developed by the Dutch as the “early Dutch colonial masters first approached Indonesian food with a great deal of caution. They sampled one dish after another, as it was borne out by the native waiters until a feast of more than thirty dishes had emerged.”

While the restaurant gave no further reasons for the sudden shut-down other than their lease reaching an end, many readers in the comments section reckoned it is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent heightened alert, which cease dining-in services at eateries.

“Grateful to God who has sustained us through the ups and downs of this incredible journey. Stay safe everyone and be well,” the Rice Table Indonesian restaurant signed off.

The news comes after Waffletown at Balmoral Plaza announced its closure after 21 years in operation on 2 May.

The homegrown family restaurant, which was operated as part of the US chain of the same name closed down due to 'rental problems.'

"Your support for the last 21 years has been nothing short of humbling and amazing," Waffletown's spokesperson Eugene Sung wrote on the official website.

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