It's not the end of the world. Don't worry. Just do what you believe in with passion. That's the kind of mentality that we have.
Jeff: With Tyger, we were 5 months into build when the shutdown happened. We didn’t know what the world would look like. COVID rules kept changing day by day. But we knew everybody's suffering. People are home... going crazy. We got to do something. Let's open it up. Let's do the best we can. Let's build the best outdoor space, spend the money. Everybody will come back to the city. Let's show them something. Show some hope.
Eddy: Actually, it’s a funny story. Initially our outdoor dining setup was more rudimentary than we know it to be today. That being said, if we wanted this space to be compelling, we had to treat it like a dining room. So we wanted to open the best pods. And this was September 2020, so it was a brand new thing. With opening any restaurant, it's a mad rush right up to the end. It's 10:30pm before launch and Andrew and I, last two, just finished installing canvas roofing on the pods. And it starts raining. Biblical rain. There must have been a thousand gallons of water, like a swimming pool.
Andrew: I'm on the phone with my Dad, and then the next thing you know, we started hearing cracking and Eddy's like, "Mate, get out there." And we run out and just watch the crash….
Jeff: I say, "Guys, sit tight. I'll be right there." Eddy was soaking wet. Andrew was soaking wet. In pouring rain we took apart the pods and re-assembled. We just laughed at the situation. "Eddy, you know what?" I said, "You see more waters coming down mountains." Because in Chinese tradition, water represents the flowing of money. I say, "It means so much money coming, we can't even handle it."
Andrew: And the next day we opened to 80 people. It was ridiculous it was our first ever service and it was all outside. We could have seen that as a disaster… but we adapted and overcame. And had some fun while doing it.