Gentrified, trendy and filled with surprises, the streets of Lan Kwai Fong “LKF” are calling out to you. While you journey the streets of “LKF” in Hong Kong, you can’t seem to wonder who on earth is responsible for this copious amount of venues and plasmatic scenes that surround you and play to all your senses. Well one name sticks out from the rest-Allan Zeman, or as many call him “the Father of Lan Kwai Fong”. Allan, missing the Western flavors he was used to, open “California Restaurant” in 1983, one year later, he bought the entire block and launched his restaurateur and property development career. From then on Allen has become a force to be recon with and a force that has changed the face of Hong Kong’s busy streets forever.
Q: We know that you contribute much of your time to public service in Hong Kong, what would you say is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
A: The most rewarding aspect is literally knowing that you are helping to create a better world for people who are less fortunate than you. Nothing can give you more pleasure than seeing the smile on the faces on people who are enjoying the things that you have created.
Q: What are your plans for the future, to establish another LKF in Shanghai?
A: Our plans is to continue working on our lifestyle entertainment LKF projects in China such as Shanghai, Wuxi and Chengdu. Also with new cities that would like to have a LKF.
Q: If you could give any advice to a young Chinese Entrepreneur, what would it be?
A: My advice to a young entrepreneur is to follow your dream. Don’t be afraid to take risks although they should be calculated risks. Don’t be afraid of failure, you can learn from your mistakes. Think out of the box, create products that are different and better than your competitors.