Farewell Har Wee Yee – a Hobart institution

Hobart farewells an iconic family run restaurant, Har Wee Yee. 

A family owned business for two generations, the restaurant actually began serving the locals burgers and fish & chips when they opened in 1968. The name, Har Wee Yee, has no Chinese meaning and is a play on the word ‘Hawaii’, where Trevor’s father had originally wanted to emigrate.

After some time, the family began to introduce the locals to Chinese cuisine, featuring a few Chinese dishes on the menu. Eventually the menu became fully Chinese focused, with popular options like the Buck Bow Farn and Five Spice Pork Fillets taking pride of place on the menu. 

Trevor and Ruby took over the restaurant after Trevor’s parents retired. Over their 26 years of operation, their focus was on sourcing the best seasonal local produce for their menu, winning them the hearts of locals across the state. After 52 years of continuous family ownership, if the walls could talk at Har Wee Yee, they would speak of many happy times, hard work and above all, a wonderful family legacy. 

At the end of last year, Trevor and Ruby decided to hang up their aprons. After many successful years running the business, they felt ready to fulfil their desire to travel the world and have some well-earned rest. Devine Property had the pleasure of assisting the couple’s transition into retirement. We wish them all the very best for the next exciting chapter of their lives!