In the late 19th century, flower stalls in Wyndham Street were spread throughout the area and it became known as Fa Gai or Flower Street. A small, L-shaped road off D'Aguilar Street was known as The Place of White Flowers or Lan Kwai Fong in Cantonese. The first nightclub that opened in the area was not in Lan Kwai Fong, but in D'Aguilar Street - which was ironic, since the road is named after Charles D'Aguilar, a British official known for his hatred of late-night music. Gordon Huthart, the Hong Kong-born son of a Lane Crawford executive, opened Disco Disco on December 22, 1978. By 1983, Disco Disco was joined by two fashionable restaurants. One was started by the Austrian community, and featured Tyrolean food. Founder Christian Rhomberg cheekily called it 1997, after Hong Kong's biggest fear - the year the British lease ended. It was located in Lan Kwai Fong, to the horror of the owners of the small offices that shared the road with the flower stalls. The other was California bar, the first in a chain of uber-successful businesses launched by Allan Zeman, who turned a garment fortune into a string of commercial winners. California restaurant opened directly opposite the flower stalls of Lan Kwai Fong. Flower stalls are still there today. The three restaurants were in place for the great Hong Kong financial boom between 1983 and 1997, and triggered the transformation of the area into an entertainment district, with more than 20 places to eat or hang out. Disaster struck Lan Kwai Fong on January 1, 1993, when 21 young people were crushed to death as a huge crowd of New Year's Eve revellers flooded down the hill towards Central. The tragedy prompted calls for better crowd control and tighter rules on under-age drinking. The inquiry into the disaster avoided apportioning any blame, although it did include criticism of police standing orders on crowd control. It soon regained its lustre and in recent years revellers have turned out in droves to celebrate Halloween and knock back the pints at the Lan Kwai Fong Beerfest.