Dear A.S.S. Editor
After 44 years of history making bak kut teh, the famous bak kut teh restaurant at Joo Chiat is forced to close its doors for the final time today due to a manpower shortage.
Customers have been flocking to the Lau Hock Guan Kee Bak Kut Teh, Fish Head Curry & Steam Fish restaurant for a final taste of its signature pork rib broth and curry fish head. They first started out in 1973 as a street stall in Dunman Road, and only moved to its current location at 328 Joo Chiat Road on 1985. The restaurant was run by two brothers for more than four decades, but the elder brother died in March this year.
The younger brother told reporters that they were unable to retain staff for the past one to two years, and that most local workers wanted to quit after two days. Extended family members, who used to help, are now too busy with their own lives to continue helping, and currently only the younger brother, his wife and one employee are manning the restaurant. But the employee also quit in March this year, due to her husband’s ill health, thus the shortage of manpower issue became severe.
It was not known why local workers wanted to leave after just two days working there, or why it was difficult to find new staff.
Chan T M