The Jakarta Post
One of eateries in the traditional culinary center on Jl. Lapangan Tembak Senayan, South Jakarta. The center popularly known as “Lapo” will be closing down soon. (Kompas.com/Sri Noviyanti)
A traditional culinary center popularly known as “Lapo”, which means “eateries" in the Batak language, on Jl. Lapangan Tembak Senayan, South Jakarta, will cease operations soon.
The center is known for serving various ethnic dishes in its food stalls such as Batak, Medan, Padang, Betawi, Makassar and Chinese dishes.
Paulus Siagian, owner of Lapo Siagian Boru Tobing food stall, told kompas.com on Tuesday that the merchants had received notification letters from Gelora Bung Karno sports complex management center (PPKGBK) in November. In the first letter, the merchants were told to empty the space as their lease would expire on Dec. 15. It was also stated that a contract extension was not possible, because the area would be developed into a training ground for the Asian Games 2018.
The merchants protested against the decision. “The notice was too short. We have no time to prepare; not even to move into a new place,” said Paulus, who is also the head of merchant community in the area.
Paulus added that it was not easy to search for a new place, especially since he sold Batak foods, which typically includes pork.
Following the merchants’ protest, the management extended the expiration of the lease until Jan. 15. As the merchants later conducted another protest, it was extended again until Feb. 28.
PPKGBK president director Winarto said both management and tenants had signed an agreement to empty the space no later than the time specified.
Most of the Lapo merchants initially ran their businesses on Jl. Asia Afrika. In 1992, they were relocated to Jl. Lapangan Tembak Senayan because the Gelora Bung Karno area was being developed for the Non-Aligned Movement Summit. (mas/kes)