Vegetarian restaurant Life Cafe, is set to close its doors permanently on Saturday after 11 years in SoHo.

Managing Director Moosa Alissa told HKFP that they will be closing all units of the restaurant in Hong Kong, including outlets in Wan Chai and Discovery Bay. The process will be completed on December 12, which will be the last day of service at the SoHo location.

“The economics of the restaurant business in Hong Kong demand continuous growth of revenue and scale, and as a small business, this is always challenging. We looked at the business, and decided to take our assets and utilise them in other ventures that we believe have greater growth potential,” Alissa said.

Life Cafe. Photo: Life Cafe.

“Our hope is that our success will encourage entrepreneurs to create and grow the healthy dining scene that we originally pioneered in Hong Kong,” Alissa added.

Located on Shelley Street in the SoHo district of Central, Life Cafe was listed as one of “The 18 best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Hong Kong” by the website last year. All food and beverage will be free of charge on Saturday at their SoHo location.

In August, Delaney’s Irish bar and restaurant was forced out of Wan Chai’s entertainment district due to rising rents.

Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.