Rangoon Tea House to move downstairs
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.
The fashionable aesthetic at RTH could soon seat double its current capacity.