Hong Kong Island may have closed for good

By Andrea Ray and Matthew Bernat | Mar 02, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat The doors are closed and phone is disconnected at Cranberry Highway staple Hong Kong Island. Attempts to reach the owners for confirmation that the business shut down have been unsuccessful.

Hong Kong Island Restaurant appears to have closed its doors.

The restaurant, located at 3035 Cranberry Highway, has not opened in almost a week and its business phone number is no longer in service. Currently, there is no record of a sale at Wareham Town Hall or the Plymouth County Registry of Deeds.

State records say that Hong Kong Island, LLC was organized in 1972. Its registered agent is listed as Susan Ying Lau and the business president is Justin Lau. Attempts to contact the Laus were unsuccessful.

In response to rumors posted on Facebook related to the closing, longtime employee Benjamin Rosen said the owners sold the business due to an illness in the family.

Rosen, who said he’s worked at Hong Kong Island since 2001, noted closing was difficult for the staff and owners.

“The crew we had for the last year especially was outstanding and it’s a sad time for us,” said Rosen. “The cook and I and everyone were like a family. We worked together this whole time and to know now I may never see any of them again is heartbreaking.”

Comments (13)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 02, 2017 13:49

Rumor has it that Water Wizz bought it or will be buying it.  They may knock it down to expand the parking lot or possibly expand the park itself.  They may keep it and make it into a Tiki Bar to complement the tropical water park feel. 

Posted by: cranapple | Mar 03, 2017 05:28

Awesome! Thanks for sharing that Wareham By The Sea!!! That sounds good for our town. I thought it was going to be another vacant building.

Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 03, 2017 07:30

Hong Kong Island LLC organized in 1972, and I think that was the last time the building was renovated...

Posted by: Andrea Smith | Mar 03, 2017 10:02

Mr. Rosen - When a group of people feel like a family there are lots of ways to spend time together and stay in touch, even though the business that originally bonded them has closed.

Posted by: Linda | Mar 03, 2017 10:32

They held a liquor license.  I remember grumbling years ago because a restaurant closed early on occasion and were reminded that they needed permission for that or to call authorities (police, I assume) if they closed early due to the weather.  Isn't it the BOS that gives out the license?  They should know the answers.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 03, 2017 10:50

Michelle Obama spoke of food deserts in certain areas, Wareham is now a scorpion bowl desert.

Posted by: greycat | Mar 04, 2017 12:56

Remember when that place was the LEANING TOWER OF PIZZA?

Posted by: greycat | Mar 04, 2017 12:56

Remember when that place was the LEANING TOWER OF PIZZA?

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Mar 04, 2017 18:54

I had the best Mai tais there :(

Water fizz is germ infested.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 05, 2017 21:09

Brownie, Hong Kong will be missed.  The bar did serve great drinks especially when Henry was bar tending!  The restaurant wasn't bad either. I'm not old enough to remember it in its 1970s days but can recall being there as little kid in the 80s.  Funny because it hasn't changed a bit since my earliest memories of it.


Oh yea, about your Water Whizz comment...some say that they don't have the word whizz in the name for nothing.  But I'm fairly confident that there's enough chlorine in there to kill a horse.  Let me ask you, did you inspect the water yourself under a microscope and see germs?

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | Mar 05, 2017 21:16

Wbts, not sure I want to garner your attention but it seems I have. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane, even more reason why I'll miss Hong Kong . I didn't need a microscope, the smell of pee pee was unmistakable, no complaints though, the kiddies  are have fun whizzing down slides ;)

Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 06, 2017 07:20

I leaned to drink at that place. It served me well for a few years and it helped me get ready to turn 21 for drinking at real bars.

Yes I'm implying I was underage :)

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Mar 06, 2017 09:03

brownie, don't worry, I don't bite.    I'm just misunderstood....dont believe the hype...


Yes, I know.  There is a certain ammonia like aroma.  Especially below the red, blue, yellow slides.


It's not just for kiddies there.  Me and all my other 40 something dads have more fun than our kids when we go.

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