Harbour City SM Cebu to close after 30 years

Harbour City SM Cebu to close after 30 years
Photo by Earl Padronia

HARBOUR City at SM City Cebu, the go-to dim sum restaurant of Cebuanos for more than 30 years, is closing its doors on Jan. 31, 2024.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Jan. 25, Harbor City Dimsum House announced that the closure comes amid the mall’s redevelopment.

The Harbour City branch at SM City Cebu opened in 1993 when the mall management invited the restaurant owners to be the pioneering tenants of the first SM Mall in the Visayas.

Its opening at SM City Cebu paved the way for the Harbour City group’s growth to five brands with more than 30 stores nationwide.

“As we prepare to close our doors on Jan. 31, 2024, to give way to the mall’s redevelopment, our hearts are filled with love and gratitude,” it said.

The SM City branch of Harbour City is now a vessel of memories after witnessing years of family and friend get-togethers offering the classic dim sum and tea house dining experience, it said.

Netizens agreed. Four hours after Harbor City Dimsum House posted its closure announcement, the post had drawn more than 450 comments from netizens expressing sadness at the restaurant’s closure and thanking the restaurant for the warm memories they had dining or working there.

SM City Cebu confirmed Thursday that there is an ongoing mall redevelopment and expansion, leading to movements among the tenants.

Last December, Michelle Leslie Llanos, vice president for mall operations-Visayas of SM Supermalls, said the mall renovation will be executed in several phases, with the project expected to reach completion by 2025.

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