New Hard Rock in the Fong seen as beginning of the end for independents and diversity
With Hard Rock Cafe replacing The Cavern club and bar and the Hong Kong Brew House, and a two-year redevelopment of the California Entertainment Building and California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong will change quite a lot in coming years.
Not everyone's happy about it.
Some long-term Lan Kwai Fong regulars are seriously upset by the forthcoming changes and one reader, signing him or herself as R.K. has written to Lo Down:
'Is it just me, or is the globalisation of entertainment options and restaurants killing all the fun? I'm appalled to hear that The Cavern, one of LKF's best venues, and one of Hong Kong's best live music establishments is closing, to allow just another chain to open in the form of Hard Rock.
'LKF obviously is a great playground for us, but three 7-11's and a bunch of made-to-order bars that are the same as everywhere else in the world I have been, will simply kill any incentive to head down there for me in the long run. I hope this is not the beginning of the end of an area that offers huge variety and independent brands to enjoy.'
I hear you, R.K., but I'm not sure if the landlords do. If they keep demanding such over-the-top rent, I doubt if any independent brands will survive in LKF. We all seem to earn money just to pay rent, rather than to improve our lives.