The 92 year old Lin Heung Tea House located on Wellington Road, Central is closing down by end of February to make way for a new development on its site. The first Lin Heung Tea House was opened in Guangdong in 1889. The founders came to Hong Kong subsequently in 1918 and opened 3 branches. After many decades, the only surviving branch left is found its existing location since 1996.
The Tea House serves a limited range of dim sum on trolleys to customers. Customers are given tea cups without teapots as waiters will refill your cups with hot water when they have finished their tea. Loyal customers are often seen occupying the seats early morning, reading newspapers and enjoying their time catching up with friends.
Last Monday was the final Chinese New Year staff dinner for all the 60 staff who have mostly worked for the institution for a long time. The manager, Chao, who has worked for the tea house for over 23 years set up 3 tables for around 40 staff who attended the dinner. He personally brought up 18 dishes for all the tables at around 5.30pm. According to sources, the Tea House has already formally dismissed their 60 over staff and will continue its business till month end.