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A floating restaurant landmark that served millions of customers while stationed in Hong Kong’s Aberdeen Harbor capsized and sunk, according to company officials yesterday. The Jumbo Floating Restaurant was in the process of being towed away from its longtime home when it encountered severe weather in the South China Sea—no injuries were reported, but officials said the structure was unsalvageable.
A popular tourist destination, the 2,300-person vessel served guests including Queen Elizabeth II, Tom Cruise, and more. The restaurant also reflected Hong Kong’s relationship with the West (the region was a British colony until 1997). Shuttered at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the restaurant never financially recovered—though it had reportedly been running a deficit since 2013.
Towing began last week, though its ultimate destination was never revealed. See photos of the landmark’s last days here.