Three-Michelin-starred French chef Pierre Gagnaire is to launch a new restaurant at the Hong Kong Mandarin Oriental hotel as part of its $140m (£79m) refurbishment.
Gagnaire will open a French restaurant next summer on the hotel's 25th floor, where Vong used to be. The Mandarin's Grill and Bar restaurant will also undergo a revamp under the direction of British design guru Terence Conran.
In addition to the upgrade to the hotel's facilities and services, the balconies are to be enclosed to increase the size of bedrooms, which will be reduced from 541 to 503. The number of suites will be increased to 69.
The hotel will close on 28 December and reopen in late August 2006. The total refurbishment will take about eight months to complete.