After 15 years of operation, Star Seafood Floating Restaurant in Shatin, formerly and more famously known as Treasure Floating Restaurant, will be closed next Sunday for renovations.
What has been billed as the largest dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong will become even bigger.
New owner Club One, which specializes in providing one-stop wedding services, will take over the floating restaurant along Shing Mun River and turn it into the city’s largest banquet hall with 300 tables. It will reopen in May next year.
Club One chief executive George Wong said the group will spend HK$50 million to renovate the three-storey, 50,000-square-foot venue and the garden outside.
“We will make the floating restaurant have that modern, stylish yet classic Chinese flavor,” Wong said.
As it is now, the restaurant has a very unique architecture. The marble and granite building looks like a ship berthed along the shore, replacing the original floating restaurant structure, which had drawn concerns over water pollution.
At night, its multicolored lights transform the river and immediate surroundings into a romantic fairyland. Club One’s plan is to use LED lighting to make the place even more enchanting.
After the renovation and expansion, the restaurant will have 300 tables, and, at a dozen diners per table, it will be able to host 3,600 people, ideal for wedding banquets, product launches and other corporate events.
The venue will definitely dwarf the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which has a maximum capacity for 1,800 people, although Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in her maiden policy speech last week that the Wan Chai facility will be expanded.
On top of the HK$50 million renovation, Club One has signed a 10-year lease for the property with a monthly rental of HK$1.15 million for the first two years.
The rent represents a discount to the current HK$1.6 million. It is said that the landlord is willing to take less because of the renovation plan.
The previous operator of Star Seafood is said to have offered HK$1.9 million for lease renewal. Rumors also have it that the landlord had discreetly asked for HK$1 billion for the Shatin landmark.
Anyway, Club One appears to have grand plans for the place, but in the meantime, who will host the local seniors who rise up before the break of dawn to have their dim sum at Star Seafood after their morning exercise?
Their daily need for sustenance can’t be set aside for the next six months.
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