‘Kopitiam’ to Depart Canal Street in Quest for Larger Space
It won’t be long before Kopitiam quits Canal Street. The Malaysian coffee shop, on the block since September 2015, is on the precipice of expansion.
Ownership tells us that a move is in the works for Kopitiam, and that the new location will be “around the area.” They might also run a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for the effort.
Reason for the relocation is the need for a larger space. As it stands, the cafe is a cramped space that boasts four stools and a bright blue countertop.
Kopitiam is exactly that. Broken into parts, the word is a blend of “kopi,” Malay for coffee, and “tiam,” Hokkien for shop. A veteran of the foodie market scene (e.g. Hester Street Fair), owner Kyo Pang opened the brick-and-mortar store at 51B Canal Street exactly two years ago. Its menu includes a host of sweet and savory treats, such as Kaya Butter Toast, Malaysin Seafood Spring Rolls, sticky rice, and coconut cake. Tea, coffee, and fresh juices are also available.
Meanwhile, the store at 51 Canal Street is currently on the market for $3,000 per month.