At the Hyatt's famed Hugo restaurant, selling off the silverware is not the painful part for staff - it's the memories of the people who sat at its tables through the decades. 'On Valentine's Day, some eligible bachelors dined here with different partners for three consecutive days,' recalls mark-eting executive Henrietta Ho. Customers would propose as its musicians played guitar and violin. The more creative ones hid their engagement rings in chocolate bonbons to surprise their lovers. Executive chef Dieter Lengauer said: 'It is not so much about the kitchen gear we have to part with. It's the people that made the place.' At least a third of Hugo's customers ordered the signature items on the menu - Caesar salad, lobster bisque and chocolate and orange souffle, Mr Lengauer said. The Austrian chef, who will move to the Hyatt chain in Shanghai, said the continental restaurant, the best known in the hotel, had kept its small menu for decades. 'It takes a lot of guts for a restaurant to do that,' he said. Apart from its staff, the restaurant was also renowned for serving the rich and famous, including Bruce Lee, billionaire Sir Eric Hotung and racehorse owner Archie da Silva. Publicist Henrietta Ho said there would be a new Hugo's when the Hyatt reopens.