Expansion to 8 Queen Street
Sorry to have such limited updates recently. We have been short-staffed and that resulted in many hours spent working as a cashier at the restaurant. When I’m not manning the till, I’ve been focused on the next project – Standing Sushi Bar is expanding!
In my head I am seeing advertisements and commercials for next-version of products: Bigger! Better! New and Improved!
In a way Standing Sushi Bar at 8QSAM will be all those things. We have a much bigger space – 3 times the size of the One Raffles Place branch. With so much space we’ll be able to accommodate all you folks that prefer sitting; there is a section for tables and chairs! (Is it weird that I have to trumpet this as a restaurant? ). We will also have the sushi bar, robatayaki counter, and a bar for drinks.
The list of things left to do is a mile long. Waiting on CPF registration, food license approval, staff to hire, dishes to arrive from Japan, creation of menu, marketing tie-ups, etc. I remember a year ago setting up the original branch, well, with the bigger space and larger menu there seems to be an exponential increase in things to do.
I’m thrilled to be opening in the Bras Basah area. I’ve lived in the neighborhood for over seven years, and it has always struck me as full of potential. In the past six months the area has really taken off – Bras Basah MRT opened, the old Catholic High has been redeveloped for retail outlets, Food for Thought moved into 8QSAM, and even dblO migrated to Queen Street! I think the combination of being in the city core while being low-key is great.
I’m looking forward to the new opportunities. Standing Sushi Bar in Raffles Place is a totally different experience than Standing Sushi Bar at 8QSAM – for both me and the customer. The former is in the fast-paced business district; where diners want to eat fast, eat well, and go. The latter is a destination restaurant, for people to come to unwind, relax, and relish.
I don’t have an opening date yet but I’m aiming for mid to late August. There are many ideas bouncing around in my head and I’d love to hear more from the community – happy hour thoughts, opening promotions, how to get the word out about the new location, etc. Specific blog entries on these coming up soon!
For now it’s back to my dad’s birthday party here in Florida. No sushi in sight but a whole lot of barbecue waiting to be eaten! (Including a complete roast pig).
Entry filed under: Starting-up.