‘Kopitiam’ Malaysian Cafe Revived with Larger East Broadway Presence

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Kopitiam is still closed, but will soon return.

The Canal Street snackshop has been out of commission since the end of December after a short tenancy of two years.

Their two-year lease expired at the end of the year, and the landlord reportedly jacked the rent. A purported 25% increase that Kopitiam could not absorb. (Prior real estate listings noted the monthly dole at around $3,000.) So, chef-owner Kyo Pang instead decided on relocating to a larger space elsewhere on the Lower East Side. To continue on and aid in the “expansion,” the business kickstarted a crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo, yet found a new business partner when it failed.

Said spot is just around the corner at 151 East Broadway, a ground-floor space that is four times larger than the original. Interior build-out of the 35-seat establishment is currently underway, with the goal of reopening later this spring. It’ll be an all-day eatery, including breakfast menu and booze options (pending SLA approval).

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), Kyo Pang opened the brick-and-mortar store at 51B Canal Street at the end of 2015. Its menu included a host of sweet and savory treats, such as Kaya Butter Toast, Malaysin Seafood Spring Rolls, sticky rice, and coconut cake.

Kopitiam’s old home on Canal St., Feb. 2018

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