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Singapore Restaurant Chains Hit Town

Representatives of five Singapore restaurant operators were on a seven day visit to Moscow and St Petersburg in late September. The five represented were Apex Pal, My Mums Cuisine, Bakerzine, Cavana and Younger Food.

All are interested in setting up shop here either through franchisees or joint ventures and were expected to hold serious talks with Russian restaurateurs through the auspices of the Singapore Embassy in Moscow. First Secretary, Adrian Tan, is organizing the visit.

Apex Pal owns and operates restaurants, cafes and kiosks under its F&B brands including Sakae Sushi (Japanese food on a conveyor belt), Crepes and Cream (crepes and western food), Hibiki (high end Japanese cuisine) and they also operate Nouvelle Events.

My Mums Cuisine is a restaurant, catering and food manufacturing conglomerate, specializing in Asian cuisine with a focus on Singapore. Their two restaurant concepts are My Mums Cuisine and Noodle Hut. The manufacturing arm produces ready to eat meals, pre-cooked sauces, desserts and soups aimed at the retail and food service market.

Bakerzine is a casual dining cafe serving premium desserts, cakes, pastries, bread, savories and beverages.

Cavana is a fast food chicken concept from Corona Holdings offering fried, roasted, grilled and stewed chicken.

Papa Johns Opening Fourth Restaurant in Moscow

The American chain which regained its rights to the brand name after a usurper agreed to drop the Johns from his establishments name and revert to just Papas, is planning to open their fourth restaurant in Moscow on Kutozovsky Prospekt. Coincidently, Papa Johns master franchisee, Larry Ivy, was making one of his many visits to Moscow in September. He professed himself amazed at what a happening town this is. He told Passport that next year they are planning to open another six Papa Johns in Moscow and starting in 2008 start rolling the brand out across the regions. Theres no reason we could not have 500 restaurants in Russia, in time, he said confidently. Mr. Ivy was previously Athletics Director for the University of Kentucky for 30 years.

Dougs Steakhouse Opened

Dougs Steakhouse, the latest in the Doug Steele Restaurant (DSR) development, opened at 30 Tsvetnoi Bulvar on 29th September. The adjacent Blowfish, a Japanese fusion restaurant is scheduled to open 15th October. The furniture, tiles and other decorative items for DSRs El Hacienda at 13 Komsolskaya Prospekt arrived mid September and operations director Tim Cummins confidently expects the main restaurant to open 7th October. Throughout the summer only the outdoor Patio was operating.

The fire on Arbat, which gutted six stores at No 36 caused considerable damage to No 38 next door, the site of the groups long awaited Floridita Restaurant, preventing a scheduled opening on September 29th. Floridita Moscow is a joint venture between DSR and Havana Holdings. This will be the third Floridita, after Havana and London, with Madrid, Dublin and Limassol scheduled for next year.

It will occupy three floors of the building that once housed Leo Tolstoys printing press. There will be the Floridita Bar, the restaurant and La Casa del Habano Cafe, a cigar store and nightclub. Live Cuban music and a Cuban cigar roller will be a regular highlight.

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