A famous HK fine dining group – Le Comptoir HK, closed down Bibo HK, its first Restaurant in Hong Kong, after 6 years of operation. What’s happened?
All of a sudden, a well-known HK fine dining group, Le Comptoir HK, announced on facebook that Bibo HK is closing down on 18 February 2020.
Back to 2014, Bibo HK was the first flagship restaurant by Le Comptoir HK. This French restaurant group has set up a number of unique brands in Hong Kong afterwards.
Perhaps this news might not surprise the market at all. Hong Kong FB industry is now facing an unprecedented challenge. After eight months of protests, Coronavirus outbreak has further hit the industry. It’s far harder than ever before!
Restaurant closures are soaring too. We are so saddened to see this dining scene in Hong Kong.
About Le Comptoir – A HK Fine Dining Group
Since 2013, Le Comptoir HK has actively set up a number of restaurants. This HK fine dining group targets to refine what a fine dining experience can be.
In past few years, the restaurant group has successfully created an unexceptional dining scene in Hong Kong. Some of them with awards of Michelin starred restaurants too.
For instance, Ecriture HK was straight into Michelin two stars. The Ocean is another restaurant with one star. However, The Ocean in Repulse Bay was closed down upon lease expiry by early 2019.
Besides, Le Comptoir HK has a number of famed restaurants which combine fine dining with fine art, such as Bibo HK and Djapa.
Let’s take a look of the first restaurant, Bibo HK, under this unique fine dining group in Hong Kong:
About Bibo HK – by Le Comptoir, a HK Fine Dining Group
When Le Comptoir HK landed on Hong Kong in 2013, Bibo HK has become the first among all restaurant brands.
At that time, we have never seen a restaurant which put so much efforts on design and decor. As witnessed by Lacrucci, it has taken about months to build everything from scratch.
Also, every decor inside Bibo HK is actually a piece of art. Artists, such as Banksy, Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama, have their works there. It sounds like a celebrity art gallery. Very interesting dining venue indeed!
What Caused More Restaurants to Close?
Lacrucci has talked with a number of restaurant owners in recent months. Most of them have suffered from the continuous months of protests.
Among all, fine dining restaurants have felt the pain most, specially for those in the frequent protest districts.
Unfortunately, Coronavirus outbreak has brought a double whammy to Hong Kong FB Industry. The virus spread has already hit all restaurants. Its impact is widespread over all works of life . Not only confined to restaurants, but also retailers, tourism and kindergartens.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong is in a semi-stagnant stage. Schools are closing. Many office workers are still working from home. Even worse, increasing cases of virus infection have kept people away from dining venues.
Even though HK Government has recently announced cash subsidy to FB industry. We doubt whether the subsidy can be quick enough to reach those about to closing restaurants.