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Din Tai Fung To Irvine?

Anybody heard the rumor that Din Tai Fung will be opening up in Irvine, as well as Las Vegas? I would have thought that San Francisco and New York would be more likely locations for future branches.

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  1. I've heard that they're opening one in Las Vegas, which makes sense with the plethora of Asians who go to Vegas.

    1. Please please please let that be true...would love to have one in Irvine instead of trekking up to Arcadia.

      1. While SF, NY, and LV would be completely logical, don’t bother trying to second-guess the minds at DTF. This is the corporation that thought it’d be great to have their 2 LA braches just one city block from each other: one at 1108 Baldwin, the other at 1008 Baldwin.

        This may seem whacked to Westerners, and sorry you went to 1108 while your friends were chowing at 1008, but this is what company expansion via feng shui looks like. If you plot out all their store locations on a world map, I’m sure there’s some astrological significance.

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        1. re: MonsieurKnowItAll

          Crazy thing is both of them are busy despite being next to each other, it's ridiculous really.

          1. re: Johnny L

            Indeed, business is good. And the feng shui advisor just bought a new Porsche.

          2. re: MonsieurKnowItAll

            True, the Seattle location was a shock.

            1. re: MonsieurKnowItAll

              DTF has a full time Chinese astrologer on the payroll.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Not surprised Chinese/Taiwanese can be ridiculously superstitious like that, when they start making that kind of money it almost becomes a necessary business expense.

                1. re: Johnny L

                  Sometimes it's a chicken and egg thing.

                  They were consulting a Chinese astrologer when they first opened, and as they continued to have success, they kept on consulting said astrologer. So, did the astrologer contribute to their success, or is the astrologer merely a byproduct of their success?

                  I know which answer Nancy Reagan would cop to ...

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    "I know which answer Nancy Reagan would cop to ..."

                    I'm sure many of the younger generation of Chowhounders are furiously using Google to figure out what you meant by that.

                    1. re: raytamsgv

                      What???

                      You mean Joan Quiqley isn't part of every government civics coursebook?

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Just say "No" ... to astrologers.