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The Kowloon hopes to add a drive-in movie theater and carhop service this summer

Can’t go on vacation? In Saugus, you could enjoy cocktails and ‘Grease’ from the comfort of your car.

Kowloon owner Bob Wong tells the Globe that he hopes to add a drive-in movie theater and carhop service this summer.
Kowloon owner Bob Wong tells the Globe that he hopes to add a drive-in movie theater and carhop service this summer.JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE/file

In a world of uncertainty, take solace that on Route 1 in Saugus, some things will never change. In fact, they might even get better.

The landmark Kowloon restaurant celebrates its 70th birthday this year, and owner Bob Wong tells the Globe that he hopes to add a drive-in movie theater and carhop service this summer.

He envisions servers on bicycles toting cocktails and food, plus classic flicks such as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" and “Grease" on a projector. He’ll also play a doo-wop soundtrack to nail the throwback atmosphere.

Wong plans to ask the Saugus Board of Selectmen for permission this week. He says that the town management has typically been supportive of his ideas.

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A Blue Hawaii drink at the Kowloon in 2017.
A Blue Hawaii drink at the Kowloon in 2017.John Blanding/Globe Staff

“That’s why we’ve been around for 70 years,” he says.

Wong had been in the process of planning a tiki bar and 70th birthday celebration complete with Motown performances when COVID-19 hit.

“There’s no sense in doing a tiki bar with smaller capacity,” he says. Meanwhile, he noticed customers calling for takeout and then dining in their cars.

Wong says he has room for roughly 60 cars and 20 tables behind his restaurant.

“The whole area would be secured, so nobody would get hit by a car,” Wong says. “We want people to bring their families."

If he gets approval, he hopes to put plans in place by month’s end.




Kara Baskin can be reached at kara.baskin@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @kcbaskin.