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Sai Kung's Duke of York pub to serve its last drinks

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 October, 2013, 5:31am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 October, 2013, 5:31am

Last orders will be called in Sai Kung's oldest pub at the end of next month.

The Duke of York in Fuk Man Road will serve its final beer on Saturday, November 30, after keeping its loyal regulars happy for the past 25 years. The pub is leased in two units - one consisting of the bar itself and the other with a pool table and seats. The unit with the pool table and seats was bought by a mainlander who has raised the rent by 50 per cent.

This left pub owner Ricky Hie Kong-king with no other option but to close the popular watering hole. Hie has been working in the Duke for the past 19 years, starting as barman when he was 17 years old. He progressed to bar manager before finally becoming the pub's owner.

"It's just how the economy is today. Rents are being raised all over Hong Kong, everywhere. I've also been running the business for so long that I need a break," Hie said. "Hopefully we'll be able to organise a farewell party for all our customers and give the place a good send-off."

Hie has no plans to start another Duke Of York bar.

"Many of our customers have been drinking here for the past 15 to 20 years and only drink in the Duke, so it'll be a big change for them to drink elsewhere. It's sad that this has to happen but there's nothing that can be done about it," he said.

One of the pub's regulars is Peter King, who works for RTHK Radio 3, and has been drinking in the bar since it first opened. He said that Hie and his family had worked tirelessly to keep the place going and it was a shame that it was going to close.

"It really is an iconic pub in Sai Kung and will be a huge loss for many people. It's just another part of old Sai Kung that is sadly disappearing," King said.

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Relji Joseph
See the issues are not " mainlanders" , its the local ppl around here itself... properties are not a place you do your business or live, they are what you buy and sell for profit in Hong Kong. A shell company will be formed by local hk guy who will lurke 10-20 investors from mainland , then the company will buy properties on crazy price with the hk guy making a lumpsump on the commission's...now these properties should generate income to keep the investors happy right?? , and here goes your rent crazy!!! . HKG will soon need a law to protect tenant's interest who have lived or doing business in the same place over 10 years, if not soon whatever"de heritage hong kong speaks of ,will be gone for good...cheers
jam2morrow
Agree that the "mainlander" reference is irrelevant....the story for journalists to research is whether in the small unit end of the commercial property market the traditional large investors are selling out to "newbies" from the residential investment sector, who have no clue what rents they can achieve and who rely on property agents for unrealistic advice.
dynamco
if the bar was bought by a westerner would that be alright ?
it was bought by a Mainlander which is fact that asiaseen seems to take umbrage with
Mainlanders bought many other places here and rents went up- Fact
the reason of course is that we have a developer and landlord friendly conniving Govt
domestic rent control protection was abolished during SARS
why has it not been reinstated ?
asiaseen
Totally unnecessary comment there - "bought by a mainlander" when Hong Kong landlords are frequently even more rapacious.
 
 
 
 
 

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