One of Hong Kong’s longest-running restaurants, Indonesia Restaurant in Kowloon’s Tsim Sha Tsui, is to shut down next month after serving food lovers for 49 years.
The restaurant first opened its doors at 66 Granville Road in 1970 and has been serving delicious Indonesian fare ever since, Hong Kong Economic Times reported.
Long-time fans and food lovers will miss their famous satay skewers, known for their authentic Indonesian flavor.
Over the 49 years, the restaurant has been careful not to change anything, ensuring that food lovers could enjoy the same experience whenever they visited. The formula has been a success. The same decor, same menu and same flavors for almost half a century have won over customers throughout the decades.
Indonesia manager Cheng, who has been working for the restaurant for 35 years, said it will close down on February 4, Chinese New Year’s Eve, as the landlord is planning to sell the site.
Cheng said he started working for the restaurant when he was 23 and even after all these years, he still loves working there. His daughter even joined the staff after graduation.
“All the staff work like a family and the employers have been very kind to all of us,” Cheng said.
The two elderly restaurant owners, who are said to be low-key Indonesian Chinese, have never given media interviews.
Many of the staff have been working for them for more than ten years. Cheng said the bosses were planning to reward all staff, including part-time workers, with overseas vacations.
Cheng said he was not only going to miss the great bosses and colleagues, but also the friendships with customers who have supported the restaurant for such a long time. He said that, when news broke of its impending closure, many old customers rushed to the restaurant to say goodbye to their old friends.
Cheng said that after he has overseen closing down the restaurant, he will take a rest, adding that he hoped Indonesia might open again elsewhere if a suitable site could be found.