All things must come to the end. And that’s exactly what happened to the restaurant Taiwanese actor Joe Cheng had opened three years. Yesterday, Joe posted on his Facebook page that his restaurant Destino, which he co-founded with fellow Taiwanese artist Michelle Chen back in 2012, will officially take its final bow at the end of August this year.
Joe has been spending most of his time in Mainland China and just recently went back to Taipei for a short four-day vacation. “Today is my last day in Taipei, after which I will be going back to the Mainland to stay there for three months. I’ve been spending these past days at Destino, and this will be the last time that I will set foot in this place,” he wrote. He said it was with a heavy heart to give up the restaurant that’s been with him for three years and has given him the chance to fulfill one of his life’s dreams. The lease would be expiring next month and he has no intention anymore to renew the contract even though the business was doing well. He thanked everyone for supporting Destino, “We will keep all the good memories in our hearts.” However, he’s not yet totally closing all the doors when it comes to the restaurant business, “We will probably meet again in the future.”
Time really does go by so fast. It seems only yesterday when fans were going crazy over Joe and his onscreen partner Ariel Lin in the hit drama series It Started With a Kiss. Fast forward a few years later, Ariel has already won herself two best drama actress awards and has transitioned well into making movies, while Joe was left far behind choking on her gold dusts of success.
He tried to up his game when he shifted his gears from the small screen to the big screen and filmed Ripples of Desire with Jerry Yan, Michelle Chen and Ivy Chen. Unfortunately, despite the stellar casting and an equally stellar budget of NTD150 million, the movie became the biggest box office upset of the century when it only made three million during its entire run in the cinemas.
He tried his luck once again in the field of Taiwanese idol dramas after coming back from his one-year military service with You Light Up My Star under the tutelage of famed director Winnie Chu, the same director who made him a household name with It Started With A Kiss. The award-winning director said the new drama was something the viewers had never seen before when it comes to the flow and format of the storyline, and even boasted that it could give Joe a very strong chance to be nominated for the best actor category at the Golden Bell Awards. However the drama was not as well received as what everyone had hoped for since it was, according to director Chu, deemed to be “too artistic” to cater to the general public, adding that the audience might not be ready yet for this type of “artistry”. Joe also failed to get a nod in the best actor category on that year’s Golden Bell Awards.
The 33-year old actor, sporting a much shorter do and a slimmer built, is now putting all his efforts in China as he no longer has a place in Taiwan to expand his career. An increasing number of much younger and more talented actors are now currently hogging the limelight in the place that once hailed him as one of the kings of the world.