Hardee's cites rising operational costs for closure of diners Hardee's fans crowded into the outlet in Central yesterday, determined to have one last burger from their favourite chain. But some were disappointed as supplies ran out during lunch hour. Teenagers, domestic helpers and families swamped the Central outlet on the chain's last day in Hong Kong. The only other Hardee's outlet, in Ma On Shan, was also closing its doors. Burgers and rice with mushrooms were selling like hotcakes. At about 2.45pm, no more burgers were available and extra bread was needed, the manager said. Former domestic helper Mona Ferrer made a special trip from her home in Quarry Bay with her two-year-old son to savour the food for the last time. 'I used to come often when I was still working,' she said. 'I worked near here and love the food. It is very sad that it is to be closed down.' The restaurant in Queen's Road Central was not only a favourite gathering place for domestic helpers on Sundays, it was equally popular with young people. Twenty-year-old Zed Tse Chu-shing said he had been eating Hardee's food since he was eight. 'I think the fried chicken here is better than the other fast-food brands,' he said. 'I used to go to the one near my old home in Sai Wan Ho, but unfortunately it closed down some years ago,' he said. Chu-shing said he would take pictures of the restaurant and its food as they would be no longer seen in Hong Kong. Hardee's spokeswoman Betty Li Law Yuet-hing said the chain had to close down because of rising operational costs. 'Another reason is that we failed to reach an agreement over contract renewal with the Hardee's in the United States,' she said. She said all full-time staff would be compensated according to the law and some senior workers would receive extra reparation. About 120 full-time and part-time staff would be affected. Hardee's first opened in Hong Kong in 1990. During its peak there were 25 restaurants in the city.