TeaMorrow Tea House Opens

Grand opening celebration includes ribbon cutting featuring owners, city and state dignitaries and family members

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | After cutting the ribbon, the celebration began. From left, Kris Morrish, member of the Chamber Commerce Board of Directors, Evette Kim, field representative for State Senator Anthony Portantino; Shawn Zhao, co-owner; Yinglin Liang Zhao, Zhao’s mother; Dr. Richard Schneider, South Pasadena mayor; Tiger Wang, co-owner; Robert Joe, City Councilmember and Faith Lee, field representative for Assemblymember Chris Holden.

Tea and more are available at TeaMorrow, which celebrated its official grand opening Friday in the 1000 block of Misson Street, occupying the former home of Mix and Munch, a restaurant that mainly featured grilled cheese sandwiches and cold breakfast cereals.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Evette Kim, field representative for State Senator Anthony Portantino’s office, presents a proclamation to the owners of TeaMorrow Tea House. Joining her from left are South Pasadena Mayor Dr. Richard Schneider, Shawn Zhao, co-owner, Zhao’s mom, Yinglin Liang Zhao, and Tiger Wang, co-owner.

That has all been replaced by a new eatery that looks to build a strong customer base through its noodles, rice, soups, dumplings and, of course, tea.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Welcome to TeaMorrow in the 1000 block of Mission Street in South Pasadena.

There are lots of the latter, from Assam tea to mango green tea. There’s even milk tea, fruity tee and moustache tea, made with plenty of foam to get into any moustache.

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PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Kids are the future and their artistic talents are on display at TeaMorrow Tea House in the 1000 block of Mission Street in South Pasadena.

“We want to make sure that everything tastes great and authentic,” explained co-owner Shawn Zhao. “We’re really focused on the quality of our food and customer service. Those are the most important things to us.”

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | The walls of TeaMorrow are full of artistic talent.

Zhao claims that around South Pasadena “there is no descent Chinese restaurant and drink bar. Our quality is superb. The entire experience here is fabulous.” The co-owner stressed, “We see great potential here.” The place is full of artwork from a collection of young artists. “When we first designed TeaMorrow, we intended to make it a cozy space where people could chat, read, socialize and share their life moments with others,” reads a portion of the TeaMorrow website. “However, we know it is more than that. We encourage people of all backgrounds to come here and creatively discover this platform. TeaMorrow might bring out the artist and poet in you and you are also defining who we are and what we are capable of.”

Zhao believes the teahouse serves as a center of social interaction and provides a way for people to connect with each other. And take a sip or two of the restaurant’s main product. “Making a perfect cup of tea is a science as well as an art,” he stressed, encouraging those at the ribbon cutting ceremony to give it a try. “We hope you’ll come back,” he said.