Eatbox is returning this year with something special – its very own permanent location. Brought to you by Invade, the organisers of the wildly popular Artbox Singapore and Shilin Night Market, the creative food hall spanning 9,500 square feet (sqft) will take over Tekka Place come September 2021. Eatbox, Invade’s boutique version of Artbox, will be located right by Rochor MRT and will bring you its distinctive brand of creative, innovative, and interactive experiences.
The move by Invade to take up a permanent spot for Eatbox may seem like an unconventional one. However, as Kent Teo, CEO and founder of Invade, puts it, “2020 highlighted the need for innovative solutions to challenges and is why we have pivoted our pop-ups into a permanent space. There has been a rise in demand from consumers for newer, more different dining experiences.”
Gastronomy and entertainment like no other
Missing all the event-grub from past Artbox events? Well, don’t fret! Eatbox will be bringing these crowd favourites and more back with its first-ever creative food hall. Giving a traditional dining hall a unique and modern twist, the creative food hall will feature 20 booths and 4 kiosks with international cuisines and fusion fare that you will not want to miss. Eatbox will also be integrating a Cloud Operating System to make ordering, paying and collecting food more convenient than ever.
Featuring flavours from around the region with local twists, the curation of notable F&B vendors will also be introducing some exciting new-to-market items. These include Satay Ummi’s Nasi Lemak, Butcher The Burger Bar’s Butcher Truffle Eggstarter, as well as Okinawa Onigiri’s freshly made Onigiri-Sandwich. Chickata will also be offering halal Mookata options with their own dining section for patrons to enjoy the barbecue experience. A full list of F&B vendors will be available soon.
While you’re there, don’t forget to pop by the creative murals at Eatbox’s hype zone to get a shot for the ‘Gram. These interactive murals are created in collaboration with a roster of local artists and will be regularly refreshed every six to eight months. The first series of murals will feature the talents of Hariz (@haha.hariz) conveying the importance of celebrating food as an integral part of Singaporean culture, as well as Ella’s (@designerinsingapore) vision of a fun-filled and whimsical wonderland.
Empowering local businesses and the business-minded
Invade has teamed up with Pow Lay Kuan, retail industry expert and ex-CEO of APM Property Management to enhance the Eatbox experience. “We have seen rapid growth in entrepreneurship in the F&B space. This is a great opportunity to offer newer businesses a platform to grow and give consumers a whole new dining experience. We understand the large costs involved in running a business and with Eatbox, we can offer F&B creative brands a launchpad for their brands to succeed,” said Lay Kuan.
Invade has also partnered with Temasek Polytechnic, MC Payment, and SEED Ventures to make Eatbox a reality. Aspiring start-ups supported through Temasek Polytechnic’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programme will be able to come on board with Eatbox to commercialise their innovations and run their own businesses. Coming on board as a venture partner, SEED Ventures, a MAS-licensed venture capital company, will provide vendors with opportunities for further funding support, investment and resources to improve their businesses. MC Payment, the creator of Eatbox’s cloud operating system, will be promoting the use of contactless order and payment methods, and enabling businesses to accept a wider variety of payment options. Patrons can place and pay for orders using QR codes and get alerts when their meals are ready, offering not only great convenience to customers but a more efficient ordering system for vendors.
Upcoming content and experiences
Alongside Eatbox, Invade will be creating two additional mainstays, featuring a thematic Experience Centre of over 6,000 sqft and a retail and recreational content space of over 4300 sqft. “Invade will be taking over a total of over 20,000 sqft, or almost a third of Tekka Place, with this project. We aim to round out the consumer experience with the ‘play and ‘shop’ element of the experience centre,” added Kent. The centre will include an instant-noodle themed experience playground that combines Singaporeans’ love for food and retail with great photo opportunities, as well as a basement content space with a pop-up retail concept that features flexible retail and recreational options. More details on these concept spaces will be unveiled soon.
Eatbox will open its doors from September 2021 at Tekka Place Annex Building, located next to Rochor MRT Station. Admission to Eatbox is free, visit http://www.artbox.sg/eatbox/ to find out more.