How Covid-19 helped Hong Kong finally embrace cafe-bars: serving coffee by day and cocktails by night really shouldn’t be such a big deal

The last two years have been hard for the F&B industry in Hong Kong. Protests and months of restricted openings or, in the case of bars, outright closures have left many establishments struggling to survive. Just last month Allan Zeman, chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group, estimated that 35 per cent of businesses in the bar industry had closed and called the situation a “nightmare”.Unsurprisingly, owners of bars that have remained buoyant have sought alternative ways to keep staff in work and tills…

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