Masks are off, business is back, but Friday nights no longer the same for some F&B outlets in Singapore’s CBDPosted by On

SINGAPORE, Sept 10 — The masks are off and the crowds are back, but for some food-and-beverage (F&B) players in the Central Business District (CBD), the return to normalcy has brought a new air of unpredictability.

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, crowds of office workers in the city generally packed the bars, pubs and restaurants near their workplaces on Friday evenings.

But at Corner Bar L’Operetta along Boon Tat Street where these workers make up nine in 10 of its patrons, Fridays have unusually become much quieter, while Wednesdays and Thursdays have become livelier.

Its manager Lukasz Kononowicz, 40, said: “Wednesdays and Thursdays are the new Friday.”

Part of the reason could be due to the flexible work arrangements practised by some companies, he said. For firms that allow employees to choose a few days a week to work from home, workers would tend to pick Fridays to not turn up in the office.

For the past two months, the same trend has been playing out at My Awesome Cafe along Telok Ayer Street, a bistro that transforms into a bar after hours.

Manager Sue Abbas, 47, said that before Covid, the place used to be full past 4.30pm on Fridays, but Wednesdays and Thursdays have lately become its busy days.

“We asked a few of our customers who used to come on Fridays why they were here on a Thursday, and they said it’s because they don’t go to the office on Fridays,” she said.

At another bar along Pekin Street, a manager said that business has been unstable in…

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