For someone who runs operations for Creative Eateries – one of Singapore’s most successful family-owned food and- beverage companies – Bonnie Wong is refreshingly transparent about the highs and lows of the business.
“We experience setbacks every day. The key is to learn from our mistakes, shake it off and move forward,” says Bonnie. She even shares: “We have a practice in the restaurants for our employees to ask for feedback, good and bad.” No doubt, this sense of collaboration and resilience has helped Creative Eateries launch nearly 50 flourishing F&B concepts in SG and around the world in the last 27 years.
From Hot Stones Steak and Seafood Restaurant, the company’s first restaurant opened in 1992, to Patara Fine Thai Cuisine, operating in the same Tanglin Mall location for more than 20 years, Creative Eateries continues to nurture its enduring brands.
But, it’s always launching new outlets such as its latest style-conscious Chinese resto JÙN (read more on here), or expanding or refreshing other popular brands, including Suki-Ya, known for addictively affordable hot pot; chic Thai food chain Bangkok Jam and Instagram-worthy French-Italian outpost Vineyard at HortPark.
Maybe because of her 10-month-old Luke now vying for her time, Bonnie is one low-maintenance lady. Her hobbies include reading and running, and she says her go-to way to relax is watching sitcoms with her hubby, Joshua, over dinner at home. For dining out, the restaurateur is willing to dish that her family goes to Lawry’s The Prime Rib Singapore for special occasions, and she likes to grab a drink at Bitters & Love (“I love the ’90s music!”, she says).
By Sara Lyle Bow, Muneerah Bee, Melodi Ghui + Christopher Ong Ujine, The Finder Issue 300, September 2019