Mogul, chips and a sandwichman

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 August, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 August, 2002, 12:00am

The mystery of Allan Zeman's surprise visit to Quarry Bay's McDonald's restaurant has been solved. It was a power lunch.

Turns out the Lan Kwai Fong property tycoon was accompanying none other than Las Vegas casino mogul and fellow American Steve Wynn (left, with Zeman) on a fast-food mission.

Zeman says the hungry pair had been closeted in a banker's meeting, fleshing out Wynn's $4 billion casino-complex plan in Macau. Lunchtime came and Wynn, with the kind of class you would expect from the man who bought US$300-million (HK$2.34 billion) worth of art for his Bellagio hotel casino, insisted on a Happy Meal.

Picture the scene as the two tycoons plus an entourage of bankers and Wynn's ex-FBI heavy negotiated Tong Chong Street in a motorcade which included The Peninsula hotel's green Rolls-Royce, Zeman's black Mercedes-Benz and a full complement of security vehicles. The cavalcade then circled Quarry Bay while Wynn queued for his $19.20 Big Mac meal and restaurateur Zeman crossed the road for a tuna sandwich.

SAR understands Wynn's plans for taking Macau upmarket with luxury, family orientated hotels have been well-received by authorities across the Pearl River Delta. But we do wonder about the food.