Ran­goon Tea House to move down­stairs

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - DAVE SIMP­SON d.simp­son@mm­times.com

OWN­ER­SHIP is sparse on de­tails thus far but Ran­goon Tea House is plan­ning to open a din­ing area on the ground floor, be­low its cur­rent first-floor location on Pan­so­dan Street, pos­si­bly in the next three months.

The cur­rent ca­pac­ity of the restau­rant, which of­fers a mod­ern take on the classic tea house with chic dé­cor and good WiFi ac­cess, is be­tween 65 and 70, said co-owner Ko Htet Myet Oo. The new space would seat be­tween 130 and 150 peo­ple, with a semi-pri­vate seat­ing area and a space for pri­vate events.

“Yes, we are plan­ning to move down­stairs in the com­ing months,” he said in an e-mail, “in or­der to dou­ble ca­pac­ity and be able to give cus­tomers the full ex­pe­ri­ence we couldn’t achieve with the lim­i­ta­tions of space up­stairs, es­pe­cially in terms of space, qual­ity, am­bi­ence and of­fer­ing a true din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Not­ing that they are still fi­nal­is­ing de­tails, Ko Htet Myet Oo did not re­spond to ques­tions about whether the up­stairs space will re­main open, or whether the restau­rant will have to tem­po­rar­ily close dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the down­stairs din­ing area.

“We’ve tried to keep it un­der wraps as we’ve been spend­ing a lot of time plan­ning ex­actly what it will be­come, in terms of food and de­sign, as we want it to be a standard of qual­ity in­ter­na­tion­ally, not just in Myan­mar,” Ko Htet Myet Oo wrote in an e-mail. “So you can hope­fully also ex­pect a lot more from our en­tire team in the com­ing few years.”

One of the project’s de­sign­ers is Mya My­itzu who also de­signed the re­cently-opened Rau Ram, he said.

It is go­ing to be a busy rainy sea­son for the own­ers of Ran­goon Tea House: They also have a small, new “curry vil­lage house” con­cept called Büthee open­ing in Myan­mar Plaza in the next few months, Ko Htet Myet Oo noted.

Photo: Face­book/Ran­goon Tea House

The fash­ion­able aes­thetic at RTH could soon seat dou­ble its cur­rent ca­pac­ity.

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