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Oct 22, 2012 02:27 PM

Tea Barrel Replaces Gingko House in Alhambra

Boba, drinks, snacks, etc. Perhaps most notable for the fact that they're scraping the bottom of the barrel for names of these tea and drink places. 405 W. Main St.

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  1. Another boba shop opens up, another day in the SGV.

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    1. re: Johnny L

      I'm waiting for a place named Hey Boba Rebab.

      1. re: dreamcast18

        Actually this is a theme restaurant. All of the tables are made from barrels sliced in half, some horizontally, some vertically.

      2. Talking about scraping the bottom.... Isn't there a tea place (literally) called "Whatever" (corner of Main/Valley and San Marino Valley/New near Mission 261).

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        1. re: ilysla

          My favorite was Leave Me Alone which used to be in Torrance.

          1. re: ilysla

            Yup pretty terrible name, not even funny to me.

            1. re: ilysla

              Yup that's the name. It's on mission/main/las tunas.

              In the past, anything that was mediocre-average, would be labled as "whatever". So when I see the name, I automatically think it is just another tea house.. yawn

              Will report back when i do try it though.

            2. I actually came here awhile back, saw it after leaving kosuke and had to try.

              I really liked the theme, but it's a bit too small and the tea was just ok.

              That location housed numerous tea houses/snack shops/etc that all eventually failed. I wonder how they will do being just another ok tasting tea house in an area where there is something just like them (or better) on the next block.

              Tea station is just a block away and they're always packed like sardines.

              Of course, I don't mind another tea house.. the problem is.. each teahouse that opens doesn't seem to offer anything significant over the other tea houses (not in taste, flavor, choices, etc) other than decor. (see muse).

              I'm actually begging for a new trend from asia, I wonder what that will be.