Nos­tal­gic farewell to old Hainanese cof­fee shop

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: It was a nos­tal­gic end for the near cen­tury old tra­di­tional Hainanese cof­fee shop in Le­buh Hut­ton here, as it opened for busi­ness for the last time yes­ter­day.

Loyal cus­tomers of Kong Thai Lai packed the place since early morn­ing to get their last fill of roti kah­win (but­ter and kaya on toasted bread) paired with soft-boiled eggs washed down with lo­cal cof­fee be­fore the op­er­a­tor moved to the new premises at Le­buh Leith.

Lo­cals and tourists could be seen sign­ing their names on the walls and tak­ing pic­tures.

The steady stream of cus­tomers kept Gary Tan, 57, the third gen­er­a­tion op­er­a­tor busy but he could not keep the emo­tion from his voice, know­ing that he has to close the busi­ness started by his grand­fa­ther.

He, how­ever, was op­ti­mistic about the move to the new place and hoped reg­u­lars will fol­low him there. – by Ed­mund Lee

Reg­u­lar cus­tomers at the cof­fee shop yes­ter­day be­fore it closed.

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