Largely seen as a cool, older brother to fledglings in the bar industry, Chee Keong Kho (better known as or CK) is that one person whom you can always approach for sound advice without fear of reproach. Customer interaction is what drew this veteran to the bar industry some two decades ago, so we're not at all surprised that Kho isn't keen on virtual drinking sessions. Get to know him better through our Q&A below:
How did the drinking scene change for you in 2020?
2020 cancelled all our plans, including bar programmes and guest shifts. We can no longer provide the same experience as before, as bar seating is no longer allowed. Plus, my team's friendly smiles are hidden behind their masks, which definitely dilutes the mood and their interactions with guests.
What measures did you implement at Coley and Pahit?
Besides obeying government mandated SOPs, we also sanitise our work spaces regularly. Something extra we provide our customers with are alcohol pads for wiping down their mobile phones.
TATLER TIP: Coffee by day, cocktails by night; Coley transforms into Transparent Coffee in the AM.