"This definitely wasn’t how we imagined opening up," says Cold Tea Restaurant on their Instagram account.
Still, here they are: A modern Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant serving "dim sum and then some" is launching in Vancouver, kicking things off from their Granville strip location with take-out and delivery. Cold Tea will officially open for business on Saturday, May 16.
Cold Tea moved into the space that had housed late-night staple Tsui Hang Village for several years at 1193 Granville Street.
The new eatery describes itself as "a modern Chinese-Vietnamese restaurant that offers all-day dim sum, Chinese BBQ, and Vietnamese family-style food."
The restaurant seems to be taking its name from teapots full of beer, which you could order as "cold tea" after legal serving hours.
The 160-seat spot plans to offer a craft cocktail and wine program once they are able to open their dining room.
On their launch menu is banh mi and bao stuffed with things like pork belly or fried chicken; lettuce wraps; salad rolls; pot stickers; grilled skewers, including a range of veg and proteins - even chicken hearts; salads; soups; and wok-fired mains, noodles, and rice dishes.
Delivery is available via DoorDash and UberEats, while you can arrange for pick-up at the restaurant via Tock. Cold Tea will be open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.