Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda
San Gabriel Valley food lovers are hailing the opening of 85C Bakery Cafe, a Taiwanese chain known for adventurous fare like sea salt coffee and frozen marble taro that draws long lines of hungry customers.
The chain’s only current U.S. store is in Irvine. The second one will open Saturday at 10 a.m. at 17170 Colima Road.
“The one in Irvine, we have crazy lines and a lot of our customers on the weekend are all from this area — Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Arcadia,” operations manager Stephanie Peng said. “We figured since a lot of them come from up north, this would be a good location.”
There are only a handful of the bakeries outside China and Taiwan — four in Australia and now two in the United States, Peng said.
“When I received word that they were opening in Hacienda Heights I was very, very happy,” said Jay Chen, lifelong Hacienda Heights resident and president of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District board of education. “Definitely there was a tinge of pride that they had chosen our community because they would be welcome anywhere they went.”
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