MELAKA (Sept 30): The three-decade-old Capitol Satay Celup Restaurant (pictured) here will be shuttered permanently in early November, another victim of poor business brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

With dine-ins prohibited during the various lockdowns, the shop had been selling their products online as well as their famed sauces in hopes of boosting their sales. However, the result did not come out as desired as it was not able to cover their material cost as well as their RM23,000 per month rental fee including electricity bill.

Before the pandemic, the third-generation owner of the restaurant shared that they would be able to rake in at least RM2 million annually but now could only achieve RM5,000 per month with dine-ins prohibited and turnover from take-outs were not as profitable.

On top of that, the owner also learnt that the rental fee would be increased by 30% once dine-in is allowed again, which will make it even harder to make ends meet.

Established in the 1990s, the restaurant first started on a tricycle and grew to become one of Melaka’s staple eateries located along Lorong Bukit Cina.

Meanwhile, the owner also hopes that there could be a “successor” to take over the shop and continue to operate under the name of Capitol Satay Celup.

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