Armed with fans and folding chairs, they started queueing four hours before the great goose giveaway began. By the time the Yung Kee restaurant in Central began dishing up free servings of its signature dish, the line stretched from Wellington Street, up D'Aguilar Street and round the corner into Wo On Lane. Goose is well and truly back on the menu in Hong Kong, five months after mainland poultry imports were suspended amid the bird flu outbreak. At Yung Kee, crispy roast goose has reclaimed its place at the top of the menu, relegating its stand-in, lamb chops, to also-ran status. Still, the restaurant is spending $500,000 to promote the resumption of imports. 'Many of our patrons were disappointed when roast goose was forced off the menu for five months and we would like to thank them for their continuing support,' said the restaurant's director and general manager Kam Kin-sen. During the three-day campaign, which ends tomorrow, 500 roast goose lunchboxes are being given away. Coupons will also be given away for redemption next month. 'I just want everyone to be happy,' said the restaurateur. Most of those queuing for one of the free lunchboxes yesterday were elderly people. First in line was 80-year-old Ms Lau from Sai Wan Ho, who said she had been a loyal customer of the restaurant for more than 60 years. 'I used to walk past the restaurant on my way to work,' she said, adding she would be back for more. Mr Kam said Yung Kee's business had dropped 15 per cent during the poultry ban. But in the week since sales resumed, he added, it had served twice as much roast goose as before imports were suspended with the 15-strong kitchen team working extra hours. 'We cannot take any more orders. The ovens are already overworked,' he said. 'The restaurant is fully booked for three days.'