The Hong Kong alma mater of national hero Sun Yat-sen and Macau gambling king Stanley Ho will become a temple to upscale food when the renovated Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters (PMQ) reopens in September.
The Hong Kong Economic Times reported Tuesday that Prudence Mak, founder of the Chocolate Rain jewelry and design company, plans to turn 3,000 square feet on the site into a molecular gastronomy restaurant.
Mak said the site’s HK$250,000 (US$32,133) monthly rent is affordable and probably a 30 percent discount on the market price, according to the report.
The site on Hollywood Road was originally home to the Central School, which counted Sun, Ho and Hong Kong businessman Robert Ho Tung among its students. Those buildings were demolished after the second world war to make for accommodation for married junior police officers.
Chief executive CY Leung and former chief executive Donald Tsang are among those who once called the site home.
The refurbished quarters will be rented to local artists to support the development of art in the city, and about 90 percent of the units are already occupied, the report said. Discounts on rent are available on a case-by-case basis.
Other tenants include retailers Goods of Desire (G.O.D.) and Vivienne Tam, according to the report.
The development covers 190,000 square feet, with studios ranging in size from 400 to 600 square feet.
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