The iconic Jumbo Seafood Restaurant will leave Hong Kong waters in days, according to local media reports.
The parent company of the restaurant, Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises, told Now News, that it has found a suitable berth for the boat, which will be moved out of Hong Kong before its license expires in mid-June.
It added that it will consider the weather conditions before the boat makes its departure.
The broadcaster said the restaurant is currently undergoing hoarding works.
Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises said that since the announcement of the departure of the boat, it has attracted renewed attention from the media and public.
Hence, in order to avoid interruption of the maintenance process and other business activities, the company will not disclose the specific storage location of the boat at the request of the new dock.
Aberdeen Restaurant Enterprises announced last month that the famed floating restaurant would leave Hong Kong in June after it failed to find an operator and a dry dock in Hong Kong where it could carry out large-scale inspection and maintenance. It is also facing huge financial losses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The company said it would look for a suitable parking space outside of Hong Kong to lower costs while it waits for a new operator.
Following the news of its departure, the kitchen of the restaurant toppled and partially sank in the Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter, its home for 46 years.
There was also an outpouring of sadness on social media, with many netizens lamenting the imminent departure of the Southern District icon.