They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

I recently received this invitation to the China Tee Club’s closing party on September 30th. Nooo! Not my fave lunch, tea and mid-pm dim sum spot.

Like Shanghai Tang, right below it, they are being ousted by Abercrombie + Fitch, who offered to pay 250% more or (US $900,000 per month) for the 12,700 square feet of prime Central real estate. Ahhh the pain!!!

The Tee Club has the most amazing coconut (above) and lime soda shakes.

Shanghai Tang is an incredible modern Chinese store, packed with qipaos, a custom Chinese dress atelier, and lots of modern accessories–it’s been a must-stop for friends visiting. And the Tee Club is this adorable little restaurant that has managed to hold onto its colonial charm and serves reasonably priced, but delicious western and Asian food.

Their food is quite deelish! Don’t I look happy there?

We recently saw the Hard Rock Cafe take over a huge spot in the Lan Kwai Fong Hotel and Gap is soon opening on Queens Road… and even though I’m American through and through I consider this to be a huge tragedy. The facts simply are that shops can’t actually break even on product when rents are this high; they have to consider these flagships to be branding investments aimed at Mainland tourists. But I will absolutely REFUSE to patronize any of these shops… except for, honestly, maaaaybe a Gap tee-shirt or two, and, ay, there’s the rub.

My mom and I enjoying their pretty little booths.

Shanghai Tang will be open until the end of the year and they’re running some nice sales, by the way. I do hope A+F keeps the beautiful woodwork and stunning mosaic floors otherwise you may see me picketing come 1.1.12.

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2 responses to “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

  1. Don’t do it, Natasha! Resist those culture-crushing tee shirts! Tees can’t replace tee!

  2. USD 900,000 a month!!! that’s preposterous but seeing the lines outside A&F on Fifth Avenue I think they may just be able to it. As for GAP I really hope its not marketed as an upmarket brand and the sizing is not solely Asian! The Singapore Gap in fact has all sizes though their prices are GAP at full price in the US! sigh

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