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Rhong Tiam Express on Orchard Launching Exclusive Backroom
A new semi-secret speakeasy is to open soon on Orchard Street. Yesterday afternoon, a Boogie reader informed us that neighborhood newcomer Rhong Tiam Express was taking a page directly from the Crif Dogs/PDT playbook, and launching an exclusive backroom for “VIP” members. Definitely a concerted attempt to cultivate cool. We stopped by later in the day to find out more.
Rhong Tiam Express at 154 Orchard Street predominantly operates as a take-away joint, but converted the back “garden” space into a private dining room of sorts. People wishing to dine under the stars will need to call far in advance for a reservation that’s supposedly hard to obtain; early response in soft open was reportedly strong.
The backroom is accessible through a somewhat secret-looking door with a wall-mounted payphone-lock. Those lucky enough to score a “VIP” status will be given the six-digit password to gain anytime entry. Membership entitles you to first round on the house for life (or as long as they’re in business). Beer and wine only, though, as Rhong Tiam does not possess a full liquor license.
The employee who gave us the tour maintains that the private seating area can be categorized as falling somewhere between an exclusive nightspot and PDT. It’s slated to launch on Friday.