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How These 3 Singaporean Entrepreneurs Went From Hawkers to Running an F&B Empire

How These 3 Singaporean Entrepreneurs Went From Hawkers to Running an F&B Empire
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Humble beginnings provide a foundation for business growth. Sometimes, a rags-to-riches story can be warming and inspiring to those of us who are still looking for a way to define our success.

Read on to see how these 3 hawkers made an empire from their humble eateries.

1. Paradise Group

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Paradise Group first started out as ‘Seafood Paradise’. The restaurant poised as a diner’s paradise for Oriental cuisine, traces its’ roots to a humble 25-seater eatery in Defu Lane.

Initially, Eldwin Chua started out with managing his grandfather’s coffeeshop operations. His duties consisted of running the drinks stall and learning how to brew coffee.

In 2002, at the age of 25 years old, Eldwin was given the chance to take over his grandfather’s coffeeshop. He took over with an assistant chef and a helper. On top of having to cook, clean and serve dishes, Eldwin was also responsible for buying groceries in the early morning.

Eventually, the 3-man operation became a popular eatery. “The Seafood Paradise Restaurant” was successful due to their luxurious and reasonably-priced menu. According to an interview in 2012, Eldwin states that their food was priced around SGD$3 to SGD$4.

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