Caribbean bar and restaurant Di Jerk Shed has shut its doors, the latest hospitality business to go under at Lower Cheung Sha Beach.
The company announced in a Facebook post on March 14 that it was closing immediately, attributing the closure to “high operating cost[s], natural disasters and [the] inability to adequately staff to provide our Caribbean experience.”
The bar, owned by local-based pilots Larry la Guerre and Phil St Hill, offered Lantau’s – and Hong Kong’s – only Caribbean-style restaurant, with Jamaican jerk, doubles, rum julep punch and reggae.
But like a number of bars that set up before them at the scenic beachside, it was unable to survive in a difficult-to-reach location that is only able to attract customers for half the year.
As the owners hinted in their final message, the rent is also prohibitive – tenants pay HK$35,000 and more for spots along the beach.
Di Jerk Shed’s exit leaves one less option for residents and visitors this summer.
The final message in full:
It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I announce that we have ceased operations with immediate effect. I want to thank all of you who have visited us during our operations and do apologise if we have caused any inconvenience. We were unable to overcome our high operating cost, natural disasters and inability to adequately staff to provide our caribbean experience.
Have a wonderful summer.