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Oct 30, 2007 04:03 PM

Tea & Dim Sum place in SR

There's a sign & liquor permit on the old A&W on Armory Drive (parallel the freeway, just south of Steele Lane).Anyone know anything more? The place will need rennovations first.

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  1. Since "SR" can be "Santa Rosa" or "San Rafael", please be specific.

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    1. re: OldTimer

      Sorry - Santa Rosa. I'll reform now. :)

      1. re: Stephanie Sugars

        I just heard that a new dim sum place is coming to Santa Rosa! They own a restaurant in San Francisco too, but I don't know which one. I am eager to know more. If anyone has any more info, please share!

    2. Noticed yesterday on my way by the old A&W via the freeway that the building seems to be under construction now...anyone have any updated info on this proposed dim sum place? Come on Chowhound Detectives! Let's get the intel!

      It's in my neck of the woods and I can't wait! (if it does turn out to be tea & dim sum).

      1. Okay, so the semi-official word on this, according to Press Democrat columnist Chris Smith is: "The new owners intend to open a Santa Rosa satellite of San Francisco's Hang Ah Tea Room, billed as the oldest dim sum restaurant in Chinatown." Here is a link to the full column:

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        1. re: chocolateninja

          I'm nearly speechless. Hang Ah has probably the worst dim sum in Chinatown (I'd much rather go to the $5 all you can eat dim sum bakeries) and I keep marveling how they even stay in business. And now they're expanding their franchise??

          1. re: Chandavkl

            Yeah, I didn't want to be the bearer of that bad news.

            When's the last time you tried Hang Ah? It was sold in 2003, and might have changed hands again since then, per this post.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              It was before 2003. And as you know, one visit there was sufficient for more than a lifetime.

        2. So I hear that Hang Ah is open in Santa Rosa. Anybody been?

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          1. re: Bodegadawg

            I was so excited for Hang Ah to open in Santa Rosa and went on the second day they were open. They do not have the same menu as the Hang Ah Tea Room in SF and I think they were still learning to get the tasting of the food right. The pork steam buns are the size of large cinnamon rolls and are a great deal at $2.50 for two. I will try them again, but I want to give them a few months to work out the kinks.

            1. re: Bodegadawg

              I went there today and it's decent. Some better than others, bbq pork buns were good, shanghai dumplings, turnip cakes and shumai were good too. I have never been to the one in the city, I usually go to tong kiang or yank sing but it was good enough to fulfill my dim sum cravings without driving to the city, so I am happy!!

              Next visit I am going to try the shark fin dumplings in a broth and beef chow fun.

              1. re: scwhawk

                Thanks for the update

                Hang Ah Restaurant
                2130 Armory Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95401