Flying Pan, Hong Kong’s beloved 24-hour diner, closes after 17 years in business

Flying Pan, a popular all-day breakfast spot in Hong Kong, has shut its doors after 17 years. Photos: Openrice
Flying Pan, a popular all-day breakfast spot in Hong Kong, has shut its doors after 17 years. Photos: Openrice

Hong Kong’s languishing restaurant scene has seen its latest victim: Flying Pan, the city’s 24-hour diner loved among the nightlife crowd.

“We’ve been open for breakfast 365 days 24 hours 17 years… until COVID!” The restaurant wrote in a Facebook video post Thursday.

“Thank you, friends and family. Sleepless nights, sunrises, birthdays, infinite cups of coffee, and… everything in between. It has been our pleasure serving you.”

Its last day is April 30.

Flying Pan’s location on Old Bailey Street in Central, near Lan Kwai Fong, shut last March. At the time, it said on Facebook that COVID-19 had been the “final nail in the coffin” for many Soho eateries—themselves being no exception.

The Wan Chai branch, a first-floor restaurant on Lockhart Road, remained open.

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Open 24/7 and with its proximity to bars and clubs in two of Hong Kong’s main entertainment districts, Flying Pan was a natural go-to for those looking for a hearty meal to cap off their late nights.

The extensive menu is known for its no-frills big breakfast options, with everything from crisp bacon to waffles to eggs in any style.

On Facebook, many left said their last farewells and left nostalgic comments about their memorable moments at the diner.

“I had my first date with my husband at Flying Pan 8 years ago! So sad to see you guys go!” One person said.

Another wrote: “Truly end of an era… you will be missed.”

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