A popular eatery that has been a Causeway Bay staple for decades had a rush of customers yesterday, amid rumours that the landlord had sold the shop.
However, the hungry Danish Bakery visitors may have panicked prematurely; for while the landlord has sold the site, the shop has no plans yet to move.
"We had more customers than usual today as people thought we were closing," said Mak Chin-hing, who opened the shop in Leighton Road with her husband Ng Kwok-keung, 40, years ago.
The rush followed a string of closures of long-standing Causeway Bay businesses, forced out by soaring rents.
Danish Bakery's site was sold this week to an investor for HK$78.8 million.
Property experts said the current rent of HK$52,000 was likely to triple, to bring it in line with the market rate.
Despite its name, the eatery does not sell Danish food, but specialises in deep-fried chicken legs and pork-chop buns.
Regular Amy Cheung, who works in the vicinity, bought three cups of her favourite iced milk tea. "I come here several times a week to buy lunch. It will be a shame if it closes," she said.
Ng said the rent contract had three years to run and he did not expect any severe increases soon.