Working Partner: The Lo & Behold Group
Wee Teng Wen founded The Lo & Behold Group in 2005 with a mission to create awesome spaces and experiences; the group has since amassed nine F&B outlets under its belt, with their first hotel on its way. We pick his brain on what inspires him, and his secret formula.
How do you arrive at each idea for Lo & Behold’s concepts?
The first step is always falling in love with the space – we get drawn in by the potential and that sets our imagination running wild. We then harness that inspiration and bring the personality of the space to life.
The concept for each space is unique and draws on both the contemporary landscape and the venue’s heritage. For example, OverEasy Orchard was borne out of a desire to rejuvenate a tired shopping belt by bringing a convivial dining experience to the space that housed the first McDonald’s in Singapore.
What has been an interesting challenge in growing The Lo & Behold Group?
We’ve come a long way in the last decade. We started out developing individual and distinct restaurants and eventually gathered them under a larger group umbrella. The F&B scene in Singapore is so vibrant and dynamic that we are constantly presented with new potential expansion opportunities.
The challenge is to be able to maintain that balance between our growth and our ability to crystallise the company culture in a way that harmonises our vision and purpose with our employees. At the end of the day, we prioritise our staff’s fulfilment, both personally and professionally.
What does it take to craft a memorable and outstanding experience?
A clear vision, a passionate team, and the tenacity to execute it with consistency.
TWC Members receive 15% off at selected Lo & Behold outlets. Lo & Behold will be making its debut in the hospitality sector later this year with Warehouse Hotel, a boutique hotel taking over the defunct Warehouse Disco building, a national heritage site, at Robertson Quay. We wish Teng and his team the best with the launch of Warehouse Hotel.