Originally a bar and dance club slated to open in April 2020, Rails finally opened as a bar and lounge in February 2021 after working around pandemic regulations. The third concept by The Phat Cat Collective, Rails provided a unique nightlife experience in Tanjong Pagar, with its steampunk aesthetic, inspired cocktails and mouth-watering collaboration with Chix Hot Chicken. Sadly, after all of that, the business announced in a recent Facebook post that it would be closing for good "due to the ongoing challenges and disruptions of operating a bar due to the nightlife restrictions during the COVID pandemic."
It's been a tough year for the food and beverage (F&B) industry in Singapore – particularly so for some establishments. Many had to quickly pivot to serve a takeaway-only crowd during the 'circuit breaker', along with rental concerns, cash flow issues, and safe distancing limitations. And for a handful of restaurants and eateries, the damage has proved too much to handle. Now that we are emerging out of a period of heightened alert, another handful of F&B businesses have unfortunately shuttered.
As we cautiously celebrate the ability to dine out, we’d also like to say goodbye to these local dining establishments that won’t be reopening their doors in the near future. Thanks for feeding us and we hope to see you somewhere down the road soon.