From the same owners as The Press Room comes The Pawn – a new restaurant in a semi-historic setting. Occupying one of the few old buildings left in Wanchai at 62 Johnston Road, the Pawn is located near the former site of “Wedding Card Street,” one of the casualties of this round of Wanchai’s redevelopment.
The owners seem to have a thing for Hong Kong history. The Press Room restaurant was built on the land of a defunct newspaper office (hence the name). In keeping with this naming convention, the Pawn is located in a building that housed a pawn shop in its last incarnation. The place is set to open in Spring 2008 according to the large sign on the building’s facade.
Hong Kong has very few modern offerings in old settings, which makes The Pawn unique.
Whole blocks of Wanchai have been taken down over the last year to make room for new building complexes. Hong Kong’s long march to being the world’s most vertical city continues, as the low-rise buildings that formerly occupied the land are razed.[photopress:New_Wanchai_building_HK.jpg,full,pp_image]
The Pawn is housed in one of the few token old buildings left standing. It’s actually a well preserved Colonial compared to the other buildings in the neighborhood.
I’ve been taking photos of Wanchai’s transformation over the last two years. Here are a few images below. Most of the buildings in the photos are actually gone already![photopress:Wanchai_Hong_Kong_HK.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Wanchai_Urban_renewal_devel.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Deconstructing_Wanchai_HK.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Hong_Kong_Wanchai_street_HK.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Old_Wanchai_building_Hong.jpg,full,pp_image] [photopress:Urban_renewal_wanchai_Hong.jpg,full,pp_image]
The Pawn restaurant address:
62 Johnston Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
For reservations call: 2866-3444