Lin Heung Tea House — one of the few remaining old-style dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong — suddenly announced overnight that it has shuttered after more than 100 years of service in the city.
Its parent group, HK Lin Heung Catering Group, said in a Facebook post in the early hours of Tuesday that the famed yum cha venue in Central had closed on Monday.
“Thank you again for your support over the years,” it added.
“We regret that we have to say goodbye to you for the time being,” the restaurant said in a separate Facebook post.
It added that despite its boss’s efforts, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult to continue running.
“We hope we have the opportunity to meet you again in the future,” the tea house said.
The parent group said Lin Heung Tea House’s sister restaurant, Lin Heung House in Tsuen Wan, also closed on the same day.
But Lin Heung Kui, the group’s remaining restaurant, in Sheung Wan will continue operations.
First founded in Guangzhou, Lin Heung Tea House was formerly known as the Guangzhou Cake Shop.
It opened its Hong Kong branch in 1918 and later moved to Wellington Street.
The tea house was famous for its authentic dim sum and traditional vibe, attracting coverage by international media.
The restaurant previously announced in 2019 that it would close at the end of its lease, but bounced back after a contract renewal with the landlord.