Source: The Straits Times Feb 26, 2011
The 16,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor space now sports a short stretch of tarmac, complete with double yellow lines. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
IT MAY be styled after the swinging 60s, but the Singapore Flyer's retro foodcourt has its eyes set firmly on the future.
The newly launched Singapore Food Trail, run by Select Group, is part of a $10 million makeover for the Flyer, which saw its number of visitors rise by about 30 per cent last year when tourist arrivals went up.
Converted from what was previously a drive-in to the tourist attraction at Raffles Avenue, the 16,000 sq ft indoor and outdoor space now sports a short stretch of tarmac, complete with double yellow lines.
Rows of permanent hawker stalls fronted by famous purveyors, such as High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle and Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon and Satay Celup, line up alongside authentic 1960s-era decorations, including a working jukebox worth about $10,000 today.
At the venue's 17 stalls, prices of standard hawker fare such as minced pork noodles and satay bee hoon start from $5.
At the official launch on Friday, guest of honour Aw Kah Peng, chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, said she expects the Food Trail to be 'a rallying point' for locals and tourists alike.