Former best latte in town. I had my last latte at Austin Chase in Bangsar Shopping Centre last night. Took pictures with Aswad and his girls. The outlet has officially closed down for business and these guys will be out of job. The cafe had been my "office" since I left the NSTP early last year. It had wi-fi, excellent service, and the best latte in town.
Some said Austin was a "dying" franchise and that was why the BSC outlet had to go. Some said the business could not cope with the latest rent revision. I'm not sure what's the real reason.
Some journo friends are working on a story about the rise in rentals at malls, and some by as much as 25 per cent! If that's the case, the cost of doing business is going to inflate greatly overnight. As a result, a lot of small businesses are going to bow out and many will lose their jobs in the coming weeks.
Ever since the Abdullah's Administration sent fuel prices up, everyone is trying to pass the cost to someone else. Even Bernas tried that, remember? In the end, it's always the consumer who has to pay more. Yes, that's you and I.