To stay ahead of the food and beverage game in Singapore, entrepreneurs are opening more than the usual standalone restaurants, cafes or quick-service food kiosks in a mall.
All-in-one venues, which offer diners a wide selection of food, craft beers, cocktails and wines, are all the rage, with the opening this year of Timbre+ at one-north, Mahota Commune in French Road and Plentyfull at Millenia Walk.
The newest one is the 10,000 sq ft Picnic on the third floor of Wisma Atria. The 270-seat all-in-one dining destination is an ambitious venture by Mr Cheng Hsin Yao, 31, founder of Omakase Burger, and his investors.
The project costs “more than $3 million” to set up and features three zones – the Picnic Park, the Flower Garden and the Beer Garden – all indoors.
The landscaping – complete with real potted plants and fresh flowers as well as astro-turf – is by acclaimed florist Harijanto Setiawan.
The lighting system from electronics company Philips ensures that the area mimics ambient outdoor lighting to suit the weather and time of the day. So during the evening, there is a warm sunset-like glow and the lights dim by night time.
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