MUCH-loved Tex-Mex restaurant chain Chili’s will shut down its first outlet in the country at the affluent Bangsar suburb of Kuala Lumpur after serving customers for almost three decades.
The announcement, made by Chili’s Malaysia on its social media pages, informed its followers that the outlet at Bangsar Shopping Centre will close from March 31.
“It’s been an awesome 27 years for Chili’s at Bangsar Shopping Centre.
“We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all our guests in Chili’s Bangsar Shopping Centre for your support over the years.
“We’re sadly saying goodbye to our very first flagship store.
“Drop by for one last time before March 31 to say goodbye, as we will be permanently closing Chili’s Bangsar Shopping Centre outlet soon, ” the post read.
Chili’s Bangsar opened in 1994, introducing Malaysians to genuine American Southwestern food with large portions.
Over the years, it has come to be known as a family-friendly place, serving classic Tex-Mex and American fare in a Southwestern-style setting to all walks of life.
While other outlets remain open, news of its flagship outlet’s now impending closure has stirred up feelings of surprise and nostalgia, especially among those who grew up as patrons.
Adrian Yee, who used to attend school nearby at SMK Bukit Bandaraya, said he had fond memories of his youth at the restaurant
“Growing up, I always wanted to try out the food at the restaurant but it was not exactly affordable for a student.
“Before I started college, I joined the restaurant as part-timer for a few months so I could earn some pocket money while getting to try out their food.
“Back then, Chili’s was a big deal for us, ” said Yee.
“I remember buying my first beer at the outlet in Bangsar and even brought my dates to woo them there when I was in college, as it is known as a fancy place, ” he added.
Former Bangsar resident T. Vijay, who also worked there part-time after school, remembers many dinners at the outlet as it was his family’s go-to place for celebrations and occasions.
“Earning about RM3 an hour plus tips, it was the place where I earned my first paycheck and I will always remember the feeling of working there as a student waiting for my SPM results whenever I drive past it, ” he reminisced.
“There was an air about the place, with it being situated on top of the hill along Jalan Maarof and it is always sad to see an iconic spot in Kuala Lumpur close its doors.”