Full house: The lunch crowd at Lau Pa Sat after it reopened. - The Straits Times / Asia News Network
Crowds flocked to Lau Pa Sat on its first day open, after being closed for nine months for a S$4mil (RM10.3mil) revamp meant to last just two months.
People started queueing at some stalls in the iconic 120-year-old market-turned- food centre at Raffles Place from as early as 11.30am.
One hour later, the lines at some stalls had grown beyond 20 people each and waiting times for food were up to 30 minutes.
Kopitiam, which manages Lau Pa Sat, estimated that about 20,000 people visited the food centre yesterday.
The number of stalls has fallen from 90 to almost 60, but customers are not bothered.
Tan Seok Keng, 46, who works in the banking industry, said: “In the past, many stalls sold similar things.” — The Straits Times / Asia News Network