The Great Construction Takeover: Which Beijing Businesses Are Under Threat?

By Noelle Mateer, March 22, 2017

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By now we’re assuming you’ve heard rumors of the ominous piles of bricks appearing around town and the walls being constructed in front of some of our favorite bars and restaurants. During this Great Construction Takeover of 2017 huge swaths of our city are falling prey to the wrecking ball in a Beijing-wide effort seemingly designed to deprive us of places to aperitivo.

There is still a lot of mystery surrounding what exactly is going on and what this means for some of our favorite spots. Here is a list of places currently under threat:

Sanlitun Lu


Leading to Bottega

It all began with that stretch of restaurants and patios just off Dongzhimen Wai Dajie. Cheers, Turkish Doner, that place called Bossy – their outdoor seating has been totally razed. Note that you can still drink inside Cheers. You just need to climb over rubble to get there. 

The original Bottega location remains open. Bottega is planning to open not one, but two locations – in Nali Patio and in Liangmaqiao. However, they will remain open at their original location until then. Elsewhere in the area, the West side of Yashow is under threat, so we presume it’s no coincidence that Andy’s Craft Sausage has moved to XL Bar.

Xingfucun Zhonglu

Say good-bye to your favorite spot to lunch? The stretch containing Rollbox and Ling Er Jiu is under the axe. Mr. Shi’s Dumplings can only be accessed through a backdoor. BBC is closing at least for now, and Kuan’s is closing… forever.

Fangjia Hutong

Your guess is as good as ours here. All we know is that an ominous blue sign was posted in the popular bar strip, threatening renovation. We’ll let you know details when we have them. 


UPDATE (April 26, 2017 at 10.22pm CST): The original version of this article reported that Bottega had been closed. Bottega will be moving locations at some point but will remain open at its original location until then. 

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