The Butter Factory to close when lease expires in March 2015
Another question mark on a major player in Singapore's clubbing scene – following news of Zouk’s likely relocation, The Butter Factory announced on Thursday (Sep 4) that it will be closing when the lease for its One Fullerton venue expires in March 2015. The R&B and hip-hop club is famous for churning long lines for its signature, colourful theme parties.
Speaking to Channel NewsAsia, co-founder and executive chairman Tay Eu-yen said the club had been in negotiations with landlord Sino Group “for a while”. While details of the negotiation are confidential, she said that “the landlord was very fair, giving in to most of our requests. But at the end of the day we still just couldn’t accept their final offer”.
The Butter Factory team is looking for a new venue that is roughly the same size as its current 8,000 sq ft premises at One Fullerton, “but with a better layout”, Ms Tay revealed. “It should be more boxy instead of L-shaped like our current club."
She said they already have two venues in mind, but declined to reveal more details as negotiations are ongoing. While the same team will be at the helm of the new venture, the new nightspot will not retain the name The Butter Factory.
Said co-founder Bobby Luo: "We want to start a new concept. We’ll be changing in terms of programming and direction, and looking for new avenues to experiment while staying true to our core. To do that we need certain infrastructure in place, but details are top secret for now because this industry is very competitive."
What is clear, however, is that the team will have very fond memories of the present The Butter Factory. “We had a lot of good times, made lots of new friends, and met interesting people. Hopefully they’ll follow us wherever we go,” said Mr Luo.
For now, Ms Tay will only say that Singapore's clubbing scene could do with a shake-up: "The clubbing scene in Singapore needs daring right now. It’s too safe in the sense that there is nothing radical out there.”