What this is about: We want to save a neighbourhood bar, not just for our neighbourhood, but for the Hong Kong spirit it represents!
Why should you care: Because we also want to welcome you to My Place. It is an unpretentious and welcoming bar in Kennedy Town that always treats every customer like a friend.
Who comes here: Everybody, from all over Hong Kong! It's at the corner of Davis and Catchick Streets, near the Kennedy Town waterfront. Families love coming here as there is a small park across the street where children can play. It opens out to the street so dog owners come here with their furry friends. And it has an LGBT fan base.
Why it is special: My Place is never a business looking to make big money. Drinks are affordable, and it really just wants to be a place for everyone to hang out and “they are always glad you came!”.
Why it is in trouble: For years, it was getting by but recent social unrest has hit it hard and it is struggling. The current owner is closing it in December 2019 while looking for a buyer.
How come we are raising funds: Janice, the bar manager who has made it the friendly and charming place that it is, has come to see it as her second home. She wants to put up her savings to buy it out, but what she has comes short. A few friends are chipping in but we still need about HK$50,000 by the end of the year to keep it open until March 2020 while we map out a plan to make it sustainable for the long term.
Why you should support: It is no secret that neighbourhood spirit is dying in increasingly commercialised Hong Kong. Saving My Place is not just about saving a bar, it is about showing that we care about a business that is authentic and has people in mind. It is near the tram depot, the bus terminus and the MTR Station, so coming here is really easy. And everyone is welcome!