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An artistic rendition of a Park Café business lounge. Added to the usual services, members have access to office equipment such as printers and copy machines. Photo supplied

Park Café will soon open a Business Lounge

To stay ahead of the curve in the industry of food and coffee, Park Café is busy preparing and decorating its two new shops to serve customers in early 2016. What is new to these shops is that they will provide a Business Lounge free of charge for members, in addition to the discounts already provided through membership.

“This will make it easy for our customers who do not only come to eat or drink, but to work, conduct business or schedule various meetings,” said Heng Sengly, General Manager of Park Café. “The business lounge will have computers with Internet, printers, and photocopiers,” he said.

Sengly continued to explain that while this is a boon for business customers, it is only a natural extention of their commitment to be “a leader in service and safety in terms of food.” He also noted that the general clientele of Park Café visitors tend be leading businessmen throughout various industries.

In order to be able to access the business lounge, customers need to be registered members of Park Café.

Sengly added that one of the new shops will be located in front of Bak Touk High School, while the other will be in BKK1. The shop, which measures 300 square metres, is designed for comfort and ease. By the end of next year, Park Café will launch two additional shops, bringing the 2016 total to four outlets. While Sengly did not provide their locations, he did say they would have adequate parking. He emphasized that “in those new shops, they are designed with natural features with many plants and a waterfall, especially in the business lounge.”

“What we will [offer] our customers is many Khmer food items on the menu, especially Khmer-Chinese dishes,” said Sengly. “We guarantee that Park Café has some of the best noodle dishes, and our company is trying to make it the signature Cambodian noodle dish.” All the food items are up to the safety standards outlined by the ASEAN Economic Community, he noted. In order to attract more customers, all breakfast items served before 7:30am, regardless of the day of the week, receive a 40 per cent discount.

“Park Café provides food without chemicals or additives, especially monosodium glutamate,” he said.

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Heng Sengly, General Manager of Park Café. Moeun Nhean

He explained that all its vegetables, fruit and meat, are 90 per cent domestically sourced, while the coffee is imported from around the world.

To be sure that the locally sourced food is safe and healthy, Park Café has been working with CEDAC, an organisation that works with community farmers to grow natural chemical-free products.

According to Sengly’s numbers, “for the first 11 months of 2015, Park Café sold 235,000 glasses of coffee and more than 150,000 bowls of Chinese noodles”– an increase of 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.

To date, Park Café employs nearly 300 people. By the end of 2016 it will reach approximately 400.

Owned by VTrust property group, Park Café plans to be listed on the Cambodia Securities Exchange in 2016, being the first company to include restaurants in the stock market.

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