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JANM to Welcome Chado Tea Room in June

By Jeannine Denholm
Published: Friday, April 25, 2008, at 01:18PM
Corner of JANM Ed Fuentes

Chado will occupy a former cafe space on the corner of the Japanese American National Museum.

After successful ventures in West Hollywood and Pasadena, L.A.'s popular Chado Tea Room is opening up a location Downtown. The small, local chain will be finding a home inside the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, and will celebrate its Grand Opening on June 8th at 1pm.

The Downtown tea room is slightly more upscale in its design than other locations and features a large outside patio along with a small seating area inside, which the owner hopes will attract celebrations like bridal showers, birthday parties and other small gatherings.

The Grand Opening celebration is slated to include a tea tasting presentation by James Norwood Pratt, author of The New Tea Lover's Treasury, and Devan Shah, co-author of the Tea Dictionary, followed by a full afternoon tea with selected tea sandwiches, desserts and a pot of tea from Chado's extensive menu. The day is $30 for museum members and $40 for non members.

Chado Tea Room is known for their enormous loose tea selection. They offer more than 300 different varieties, all of which can be purchased in their gift shop for home consumption. In addition to loose teas, visitors can purchase tea pots, tea cups and other high end merchandise.

The Downtown location will open at 11:30am, 7 days a week. The owners are still trying to determine a closing time. Even though Chado is inside the museum, the tea room is open to the public and doesn't require museum admission.

To purchase tickets for the Grand Opening call 213-625-2313.

Chado Tea Room / Japanese American National Museum / 100 North Central Avenue / Los Angeles, CA 90012 / 213-258-2581

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