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Heard on the Street: New name in tea is ready to jump into the Med City mix

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A popular Rochester restaurant family is bringing a new name in tea to town.

Doug Nguyen, his sister-in-law, Chau Nguyenand their family own and operate the well-known Pho Chaurestaurant on North Broadway.

The Nguyens are working on a new project — to open a Kung Fu Teafranchise.

Kung Fu Tea, often described as the "Starbucks of Tea," sells a wide array of specialty and bubble tea drinks. The menu features dozens of flavors in many different styles.

A Taiwanese drink, bubble tea is usually a tea base mixed with milk or fruit and topped with chewy tapioca balls.

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It will be located next door to Pho Chau at 1006 N. Broadway in the space that previously housed Infinity Tattoo.

Nyugen believes the New York-based Kung Fu Tea franchise will be a hit in the Med City.

"We don’t have much choice (of tea) in this city, and this city is growing," he said.

Nyugen learned of Kung Fu Tea from his young employees, who drive to the Twin Cities just to get drinks from the two locations there.

"The new generation really likes it. I tried it and found it to be a great product," he said.

The hope is to get the Kung Fu Tea built out and ready to open soon, possibly by the end of April.

Another aspect of this project that excites Nyugen is that the new business will add some energy to the quiet northeast Broadway neighborhood.

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