Panda Express Brings Upscale Eatery Panda + Tea to South Lake Avenue

Published : Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 6:29 AM

Panda Express Brings Upscale Eatery Panda + Tea To PasadenaPanda + Tea, Panda Express’ innovative restaurant concept offering remixed Panda Express classics alongside Panda’s Asian-inspired tea bar beverages, will open in Pasadena on Tuesday, February 6, at 216 S. Lake Ave.

Expanding its “better-for-you” food and beverage menus, Panda + Tea will debut more vegetable-based sides and snacks, including Wok Seared Garlic Kale, Cabbage and Broccoli, Glazed Carrots and Brussels Sprouts, and an Asian Vegetable Crudité. The establishment will also offer patrons the option of Quinoa Brown Fried Rice, alongside Panda + Tea’s indulgent favorites like Chow Mein and Fried Rice. In addition, guests will enjoy a signature tea bar lineup featuring an array of rejuvenating pearl milk teas, fruit teas, lemonades, smoothies and sparkling yogurt drinks. Together with these delicious offerings, the location will serve up the customizable wraps and salads that Panda + Tea is already known for.

Panda + Tea Lake Avenue will feature unique design elements that honor the past while celebrating the future. A timeline mural will showcase the restaurant’s heritage, and the restaurant will feature modern accents, such as a green grass wall explicitly created for photo opportunities. The 2,850-square foot space will also showcase an open kitchen concept, fresh cut veggie display and decorative floor tiling reminiscent of a Chinese tea parlor.

Panda Express has been a part of the Pasadena community for more than 20 years, and the Lake Avenue site is one that Panda holds dear, as it was home to one of Panda Express’ original 200 restaurants. “Our intention for Panda + Tea Lake Avenue is to continually introduce our guests to a fresh and innovative new selections of menu items, inspired by the beloved flavors that are synonymous with Panda Express,” said Andrea Cherng, chief marketing officer at Panda Express. “We are fortunate to have become so deeply ingrained in the Pasadena community and look forward to introducing a restaurant concept that is as special to us as the guests we serve here.”

In celebration of Panda+Tea’s grand opening, guests who visit the location on Feb. 6 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. will receive a free new vegetable-based side with any purchase and have the opportunity to sample mini flights from Panda + Tea’s signature Tea Bar menu. Additionally, during this time, all customers will be provided with a Fortune Card at checkout to use toward a future meal.

In honor of Panda’s deep connection to Pasadena, the restaurant will also donate a portion of its grand opening day proceeds to Families Forward Learning Center, an organization that provides free education and social services to low-income families in the area.

The establishment will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Sundays.


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