The Business Times reported that Bakerzin has closed all five of its outlets islandwide which includes Wisma Atria, United Square, Gardens by The Bay, Raffles Hospital and Maju Avenue.
Its website is also no longer operational.
Bakerzin was considered one of Singapore’s well-loved home-grown dessert café and confectionary, till maybe the last few years when many chain cafes and indie players started stepping up their game.
While there are quite a number of closures in Singapore for the year 2020, I was more affected by Bakerzin’s sudden news on a personal level.
That is because it was the very first café I reviewed as a student for NTU’s Nanyang Chronicle, armed with a camera with film (that needed actual developing). That was at Millenia Walk – does anyone remember that outlet?
It was a period when casual dessert cafes were not that IN, and Singaporeans were more familiar with brands such as Starbucks and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.
The opening of Bakerzin back then (it was rebranded in 2004) was like a breath of fresh air.
I have interviewed founder Daniel Tay a few times, and he has moved on to set up Cat & The Fiddle and Old Seng Choong (he managed Bakerzin till 2013 or so).
Bakerzin has also issued a notice of a creditor’s meeting for the purpose of winding up.
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