Jumbo plans for iconic restaurant after tie-up with Ocean Park revival

Top News | Amy Nip 26 Nov 2020

Jumbo Floating Restaurant has been given a second lease of life after its owner agreed to donate it to Ocean Park.

The iconic four-decade-old restaurant shuttered in March amid the pandemic, with operations suspended indefinitely and all staff dismissed.

Fearing its demise, fans rushed to take pictures of the landmark in Aberdeen.

They need not fear any more. Carrie Lam said the restaurant will be revived as a cultural heritage and tourist destination as part of the government's Invigorating Island South initiative.

With the launch of the MTR South Island Line in 2016, Wong Chuk Hang, Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau have become more accessible to the public, Lam said, but more can be done to unleash the area's cultural potential.

"The government will facilitate the collaboration between Ocean Park and non-governmental organizations for the rebirth of the floating restaurant in the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter on a nonprofit-making basis, so that it will become a distinctive cultural heritage and tourist attraction in the Southern District," she said.

This comes as the government mulls a proposal for the rebirth of Ocean Park. The cash-strapped park was given HK$5.4 billion to keep it afloat for a year last May, but no mega plan has been approved for its repositioning.

Lam said the emphasis will be on enhancing the park's strengths in education and conservation, making use of its natural landscape and seaside location to offer diversified entertainment and leisure experiences.

Lam said Water World, whose opening has been repeatedly delayed, will finally open next summer.

Ocean Park thanked Jumbo's owner for the donation. The park will collect comments from the public and stakeholders regarding the restaurant's future.

Some online users were amused that Ocean Park - known for its aquariums - will be running the restaurant famous for seafood dishes.

One said: "Does it mean that if I saw a stingray inside the park, I can order to have it cooked at Jumbo?"

As for the Aberdeen and Wong Chuk Hang areas, Lam proposed expanding the Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter and its vessel berthing area, as well as enhancing facilities at Aberdeen Promenade and Ap Lei Chau Main Street to promote eco-tourism and the culture of the fishing village.

Authorities are also exploring the possibility of developing a water sports center at the rehabilitated Shek O quarry site.

Elsewhere on Hong Kong Island, the Victoria Harbour promenade will be extended from the current 23 kilometers to 34km in 2028 and both sides of the waterfront will be provided with an additional 35 hectares of public space.

Construction of the boardwalk underneath the Island Eastern Corridor connecting Causeway Bay and Quarry Bay starts next year, as well as a waterfront park at Sai Ying Pun. Both will be completed in phases starting 2024.

amy.nip@singtaonewscorp.com



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