Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Restaurants get roaring business during CNY

PETALING JAYA: With the local stock market starting the year on a strong note followed by the frenzy of activities accompanying the Chinese New Year festive period, restaurants are reporting full bookings, leading to better sales than last year.

Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya contacted by StarBiz generally indicated that there had been a significant increase in sales.

''Our business during this period has been good and we expect to achieve better performance than in the same period last year,'' said Leung Sing Cheung, executive Chinese chef at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur's Shang Palace restaurant.

Shang Palace had been packed with people over the past two weeks, he said, adding that there were also many corporate lunches.

“The week leading up to the Chinese New Year is usually a very busy time.

Shang Palace is fully booked for the eve as well as first and second days of the lunar new year.

Leung Sing Chueng of Shang Palace says business has been good.
“Some of our customers started booking as early as December. We are almost fully booked for the seventh and 15th day, too,'' Leung said.

TT Resources Bhd, which owns and operates the Tai Thong chain of restaurants, is experiencing a similar buzz of activity.

Corporate communications assistant manager Jenelle Koh said its restaurants would stay open throughout the 15-day period.

TT Resources has 20 restaurants, including the Tai Thong Group of Restaurants, Four Seasons Group of Restaurants, and Oriental Pearl Restaurants.

“More households would rather celebrate by eating out than whip up a meal during the season,” she added.

Mandarin Oriental's Lai Po Heen restaurant manager Eric Lim said the restaurant was “pretty full” during this period as there were many bookings for family reunion dinners as well as corporate entertainment before and during Chinese New Year.

“It is one of the highest revenue generating periods for Lai Po Heen,” he said.

Source : STAR
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