After building restaurants for almost a decade inspired by stories from our travels, far-flung cultures and cuisines, we are beyond excited to announce that our newest project is steeped in Hong Kong’s own vast and colourful heritage. Marking a monumental project for Black Sheep Restaurants, we will be taking over one of the city’s most prestigious and storied sites.
As storytellers and custodians of culture, we are honoured to have the opportunity to write the next chapter in the tale of Tai Kwun’s historic Magistracy building. As the city’s former Supreme Court, the building functioned as a courthouse from 1914 to the early 1980s, witnessing countless trials from petty fines imposed for refusing to pay a rickshaw fare, to landmark hearings involving blackmail, assault and extortion. For years, the Magistracy stood as a staunch symbol of law and order, playing a prominent role in society. The crown jewel in the revitalisation project of Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts, the historic edifice will take on a new lease on life in 2022.
Encompassing five distinct new hospitality stories spread over four floors, our latest project aims at restoring the Central Magistracy to its former glory, preserving the building’s history and charms while repurposing the space into a world-class dining destination.
“It is a mammoth task, and we feel the weight of responsibility to do right by this incredible piece of Hong Kong’s history,” comments Founder Syed Asim Hussain. “When this opportunity came along, we knew we had to grab it – the Magistracy is in the heart of Central where Black Sheep Restaurants started and where we will always call home. Less than ten years ago, we could barely convince a landlord to rent us a windowless basement around the corner, so to be handed the keys to such a significant, breathtaking monument is both terrifying and exhilarating. The scale of this project is our largest to date and we cannot wait to get started on it.”