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Lily & Bloom, initially scheduled to close this month, will remain open after being taken over by hospitality group Le Comptoir.
To celebrate, the upstairs bar area’s new happy hour will be serving $40 cocktails from 5–8pm on weekdays and 6–8pm on Saturdays (choose from a selection of mixers, premium beer, wine and spirits). The downstairs dining room has reopened for dinner, and while the the American-style menu currently remains unchanged, the new ownership will be tweaking the eight-year-old LFK mainstay in October.
Lily & Bloom was previously managed by Buzz Concepts, and its former director, Calvin Ku, was full of well wishes for the restaurant-bar’s new owners.
This bright new chapter will continue to bring guests the best cocktails and scrumptious foods with new and exciting offerings. – Calvin Ku, Buzz Concepts
“Le Comptoir is very excited to take Lily & Bloom under our umbrella to breathe new life into this Hong Kong institution,” the marketing manager of Le Comptoir, Diana Dang, revealed in a press release. “We have ambitious plans for these two venues and will be divulging them soon.”
Le Comptoir Group’s roster includes art-filled French restaurant Bibo in Sheung Wan and ÉCRITURE, a new French-Japanese haute-cuisine establishment at H Queen’s in Central.
Previously reported in August 2018
Beloved restaurant and bar Lily & Bloom will be shuttering its doors in mid-September after eight years as a Lan Kwai Fong mainstay.
“All good things eventually come to an end,” read a statement made last Thursday via the eatery’s Instagram account. The post thanked patrons for their support and welcomed them to join Lily & Bloom for a “last call”.
The restaurant menu had recently been revamped by American chef Chris Gare, who had stints at Café Boulud, Café Gray Deluxe and the American Club before moving to Lily & Bloom in February 2017. Under his direction, the à-la-carte menu was transformed into an innovative fine-dining experience, with fan favourites like the lobster mac ’n’ cheese and foie gras terrine.
Lily & Bloom, which boasts a Prohibition-themed bar, launched the BLOOM BLOOM ROOM in 2016, turning the dining area into an after-hours musical lounge at the weekend. A Friday Instagram update said that the BLOOM BLOOM ROOM will continue to host DJ events every Friday and Saturday until the closure.
“We had an amazing eight years,” said Francisco Ricafort, Director of Marketing and Business Development at Buzz Concepts. “It’s simple [sic] time to move on and focus on the new and exciting new projects we have.”
Buzz Concepts, whose other clients include VOLAR and Tiger Room, are preparing for the opening of Mudita, a late-night lounge club, in FLY’s former digs in Central in the coming months. The group also recently launched sports bar/fight club Paper Street in Sheung Wan.
Lily & Bloom are joining a growing list of acclaimed restaurants that have closed in the past year. American Restaurant, frequented by Prince Andrew, served its last Peking duck after 68 years this past June. Rhoda, the ethical-meats brainchild of Chef Nate Green and JIA Group, is closing early next month despite opening to rave reviews and large crowds.
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