Hong Kong has a dynamic culinary landscape that sees frequent new restaurant openings and closures of old favourites. However, there’s good news for foodies in the city because some shuttered iconic dining establishments and eateries will reopen in 2023 and 2024.
Tai Pak Floating Restaurant — which was the first restaurant of the legendary Jumbo Floating Kingdom in Aberdeen — will reopen in the third quarter of 2024. The restaurant, which closed more than 10 years ago, will be renovated under new management. This will revive Hong Kong’s floating restaurant scene, which ended when Jumbo Floating Kingdom closed in 2020 because of the Covid-induced decline in international tourism to Hong Kong.
The owners of Kowloon City-based Hoover Cake Shop decided to retire in October 2022 and permanently close the bakery that was famous for its egg tarts, almond cookies, and red bean puffs. However, The Academics Group took over the bakery and will run it when it reopens in 2023. Currently, Chef Hui Fu, who ran the Hoover Cake Shop kitchen, continues to bake select products that are available online and at Coffee Academics outlets.
When Wan Chai favourite Happy Cake Shop announced it was closing in August 2022 after the owners decided to take back the premises, foodies flocked to the bakery to get a final taste of its trademark speciality cream cones, red bean glutinous rice cakes, pineapple buns, and egg tarts. Its OpenRice page now says that the bakery has moved, and redirects users to a new location at 66-68 Queen’s Road East, which is ‘under renovation’. There is no word on an opening date yet.