The end of the year is a busy time for bar and restaurant closings. Following the news that both Lotti Dotti and Reef have shuttered comes word that Sing, the fast-casual restaurant from local restaurant group Lasco Enterprises (The Tasting Room, Max's Wine Dive) has also served its last meal in The Heights.
"Although we are really proud of the fantastic people that made up the Sing team, unfortunately, we couldn’t make it work out financially," Lasco Enterprises founder and CEO Jerry Lasco tells CultureMap. All but one of the restaurant's employees have found jobs with the company's other concepts.
Opened in October 2018, Sing offered a fresh take on Singaporean cuisine. Opening chef Cuc Lam traveled to the city-state to draw inspiration for the menu, which included Thai, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Indian, and Chinese dishes.
If nothing else, Sing's timing seemed to be good. The success of Crazy Rich Asians sparked interest in all things Singapore, and a prime location next to Snooze in the Lowell Street Market development ensured steady traffic. Praise from local food publications followed.
Unfortunately, Lam departed in January. While Lasco found a capable replacement chef, clearly it never found a sustainable audience.
Fans will miss the eclectic dishes, most of which were gluten-free. While it won't be a complete replacement, upcoming Thai restaurant Kin Dee has the potential to serve flavorful, creative dishes in a similar part of the city.