As COVID-19 cases in Malaysia decreases and the economy slowly recovers with more businesses allowed to operate, Malaysians have begun to return to shopping malls and restaurants as dining-in is allowed for fully vaccinated individuals throughout all phases of the national recovery plan.
However, this has not spared many F&B businesses from closing down permanently as the country has been in lockdown for months. Even last year, plenty of reputable F&B businesses had to shut their doors due to the lockdown, and even now we’re still seeing many more closing permanently with Melaka’s famous Capitol Satay Celup the latest business to close.
Capitol Satay Celup To Close In 2 Months
After operating for 30 years, Melaka’s famous Capitol Satay Celup will be closing down for good despite even being allowed for dine-ins.
According to China Press, the owners made the tough call to close due to the pandemic. Other factors that played into it were the increase in the price of the ingredients as well as rent.
It has been a difficult time for them to manage their expenses as they now have much lesser customers due to the interstate travel ban and most of their customers come from outside Melaka. Hopefully, with interstate travel set to be allowed soon once vaccination rates in Malaysia hit 90%, we can go over to Melaka and savour it one last time.
Japanese Restaurant Yoshinoya Hanamaru
Even franchises haven’t been spared from the pandemic as well-known Japanese franchise Yoshinoya Hanamaru in Mid Valley has officially closed their doors according to their website, which now shows this message.
Based on the data shared on their global website, at the start of 2021, there were 3 Yoshinoya Hanamaru stores operating in the country and as of June this year, they have officially closed all stores in Malaysia.
Pho Street Officially Exits Malaysia Market
According to a post shared on their Instagram on September 22, Pho Street Malaysia has announced that they will cease operations at all outlets in Malaysia.
Pho Street Malaysia has a total of six restaurants spread throughout Klang Valley with most of them located at shopping malls like IOI City Mall, IOI Mall Puchong, Sunway Velocity, EkoCheras Mall, DPulze, and KL East Mall.
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