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Famous 33-year-old satay restaurant to close due to pressure over rent and conditions

A popular satay restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui is to close this week due to increased rent and new running conditions.

Good Satay, located in the Houston Centre for 33 years, posted a notice on its window on Monday stating that Sunday will be its final day of business. A famous blogger named Relgitsjg posted the notice on his page saying “I am speechless”, as thousands shared his post.

Mr Cheung, who has worked at the restaurant for several years, told Stand News that they received a ten percent increase in rent, and the owners’ corporation of the shopping mall asked them to use their own water supply and handle sewage on their own, which was not the case before.

Good Satay

Good Satay. Photo: Relgitsjg/Apple Daily.

Cheung said the restaurant’s water supply will be terminated on Saturday, therefore it has to close.

“Customers have been supporting us, encouraging us, and came to us with true heart,” said Cheung. But he added that he did not see positive progress in finding a new location.

The restaurant was famous for its Hainan chicken rice, satay and laksa, among other dishes.

Oi Kwan Pizza Restaurant.

Oi Kwan Pizza Restaurant. Photo: Apple Daily.

Meanwhile, Oi Kwan Pizza Restaurant, a 34-year-old cha chaan teng restaurant in Tuen Mun public estate mall, famed for its pork knuckle, brisket and milk tea, is to close next week.

A staff member told Apple Daily that the son of the owner did not want to run the restaurant, and that Link REIT, the mall management company, asked the owner to change its air conditioning system, costing HK$3 million – both triggered the restaurant to close.

Yun Kee Kitchen, a local restaurant in Sham Shui Po famous for its roasted pork and other dishes, closed at the end of last month as the owner planned to retire.

The restaurant reopened at another location with the same crew two days after it was closed, as a friend of the owner said the owner agreed to let him continue.

Famous 33-year-old satay restaurant to close due to pressure over rent and conditions