Ho Wong Glasgow: Plans move forward for return of iconic Chinese restaurant in city centre

By Gary Armstrong

Work is well underway for the return of iconic Chinese restaurant Ho Wong in Glasgow city centre.

The famous eatery was forced to close its doors in 2019 after their premises was taken over to pave the way for a multi-million development on the site, leaving hundreds of loyal customers devastated.

However, as we revealed in June, Ho Wong is set to make a comeback in a new fitted restaurant only a stone's throw away from its former home.

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Situated on the corner of Waterloo Street and West Campbell street, the Chung family will soon serve customers once more. And with an autumn date earmarked for the opening, the countdown is on.

Plans are moving forward for the return, with Glasgow City Council planners currently reviewing signage proposals for the new premises.

Signage plans for the new Ho Wong have been unveiled (Lawrie Orr / Glasgow City Council planning)

Proposals, viewable on the council website here, indicate the desire for a new halo lit fascia 'HO WONG' sign - sparking reminders of the historic old sign - on the frontage of the new premises.

In the summer, a Castleforge spokesman, who are leasing the new site, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to help return a Glaswegian institution to the city’s restaurant scene while also supporting a local business.

"City centres have been hugely stressed by the pandemic but our offices at 58 Waterloo remain fully let and Ho Wong brings occupancy of the building back to 100%. We are confident they are going to be a huge success and will contribute greatly to the recovery of the City Centre over the next few months and years.”

“Our clients are delighted to be the chosen home of the new Ho Wong. The property is an ideal choice to tempt back the loyal customer base and we wish the Ho Wong team the very best of success. We are seeing enormous demand at present from both tenants and purchasers.

"It is clear there has been a reshaping of the restaurant sector away from dated brands and leases to entrepreneurial individual concepts on modern lease terms that progressive landlords are embracing.”

Then, a planned opening date of Autumn 2021 was put forward.

And as soon as we get a date confirmed we'll let you know on Glasgow Live.

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