Name was not for sale, say owners
NAME IS OURS: Mr Chan Hon Mung (top) and Mr Tay Lian Chye (above) co-owners of Hong Kong Street Zhen Ji at Block 158 Ang Mo Kio. The name was not part of the sale. TNP PHOTOS: GARY GOH, BENJAMIN SEETOR, YEOH WEE TECK
The owners of Block 158's Hong Kong Street Zhen Ji maintain they have the right to use the name.
Mr Tay Lian Chye, 50, co-owner of JCS F&B Holdings, who owns the Block 158 outlet, believes they are not in the wrong because the sale of the Block 151 eatery to Mr Kiong Tai Weng did not include the eatery's name.
Only the foodcourt and all the kitchen machinery were sold, he said.
"How can (Mr Kiong) claim to use the name? We have been working there for almost 10 years and we haven't even seen him before," said Mr Tay in Mandarin.
His partner, co-owner Chan Hon Mung, 46, had also worked at Hong Kong Street Zhen Ji when its original owner, Mr Loh Mun Hon, was running it.
When Mr Loh died about six years ago, the outlet was sold to Mr Jackie Goh, a friend of Mr Tay and Mr Chan.
Said Mr Chan: "Last June, Jackie told us he didn't want to continue and let me and Mr Tay take over the business."
Since Mr Goh still owned the foodcourt, neither Mr Chan nor Mr Tay got a share of the $7.4 million sale proceeds.
Mr Goh could not be reached for comment.
The New Paper understands that the sale contract only involved the sale of the property and not the name of the eatery.
When asked if they knew what the exact terms of the contract were, Mr Chan said they were not sure.
But they said their regular customers can attest to the quality of their food, which they claim has never changed.
"The regulars know us by the name of our eatery. They recognise us.
"We have always called our eatery Hong Kong Street Zhen Ji. If we were forced to change the name, of course there would be harm done," said Mr Chan.