THE DARK SIDE OF HONG KONG NIGHT LIFE 1

With the deadline for presentations and tenders closing towards this month, they’re coming outta the woodwork to try and obtain premises in what was the old- and very vast- site of the Central Police Station in Old Bailey Street, which, managed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will be a new attraction unlike any other in Hong Kong- and which many don’t get.

OLD CENTRAL POLICE STATION 1

The last things those managing this new area want is another Lan Kwai Fong, Soho, Wyndham Street, Sheung Wan or Kennedy Street. Uh uh.

What will be opened will be a creative NYC-type The Village and cultural center, and not what will a Government-subsided venue overrun with more and more and more of the same- bars, restaurants, clubs, all with the same old food, the same old people, the same old decors and the same old waiters and waitresses in the same old black uniforms and zero creativity.

OLD CENTRAL POLICE STATION 2

Sorry, but a quasi “celebrity chef” cannot fool all of the people all of the time and what the old Central Police Station will NOT house won’t be more of everything that’s a stone’s throw from it.

OLD CENTRAL POLICE STATION 3

What makes me happy about these tenders is to see if Hong Kong restaurateurs, most of whom belong to some Hell’s Kitchen and shouldn’t even be in the hospitality trade, have the creativity and marketing chutzpah to be able to make the grade or doomed to play a boring game of copycats.

OLD CENTRAL POLICE STATION 4

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