…landlord issues? That seems to be the case and, if so, would make Tribute North the latest casualty in – at least from this observer’s point of view – an unprecedented stringof closings that happen on short notice and at the whim of property owners. Maybe it’s all just a plot, in the leadup to October 1, to remind the populace of one of the reasons for the events of sixty years ago. Well, maybe not…
In any case, Frank Sun, the brains behind Tribute North, says he is looking at two separate venues and expects to reopen in a few months. And it appears that the Tribute North space will continue as a restaurant…
(Hat tip to Dr Doom.)
UPDATE: A group email sent today by Frank Sun states, in part, “About two weeks ago, Tribute North was approach by the owners of our present location… that they were selling their property…. On this past Monday, the very same owners informed Tribute North that the new management company would take over our restaurant premises by September 1 (next Tuesday) and that they would operate a “café/restaurant” under another name. We have decided not to challenge this decision since it is China and that it would take a tremendous effort on our part and we may not prevail in the end.”
Years ending in “9” seem to be the trend for M restaurant launches: Capital M, the third project by the team behind M at the Fringe in Hong Kong, opened in 1989, and M on the Bund in Shanghai, opened in 1999, is slated to formally open in Beijing on September 15. Bookings for the inaugural lunch will be taken from September 1.
Originally expected to open before last year’s Olympics, Capital M will, according to the company’s Web site, include a dining room, lounge, bar, and terrace. It further states that, “Capital M is located on #2 Qianmen Dajie, Beijing’s most celebrated shopping street for over 600 years,” and will offer views of Qianmen Gate, Tian’anmen Square, and the entrance to the Forbidden City. The focus will be on “modern European food.”
Update: See here for Wall Street Journal video and photos of the destruction.
A team of backhoes moseyed on over last Thursday to Tim’s Texas Roadhouse, the last establishment standing on the former Super Bar Street, and reduced it to chunks no bigger than a tumbleweed. While I took photos from a distance, namely, on the other side of the fence surrounding the former bar street area, I have been unable to get them uploaded. I guess you will have to imagine a building being converted to rubble. Not exactly a rarity in Beijing…
As the PRC prepares for its sixtieth birthday, look for some venues on the Workers Stadium block to close in a similar if shorter replay of what happened with last year’s Olympics. Last night, the management at Fubar (map) told me that this newcomer to the scene would shut its doors from September 17 to October 2. Meanwhile, Kro’s Nest (map) will also see downtime, though I am waiting to hear the dates involved.
A Somewhat Steady China Hand on the Local Bar Scene