Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese dumpling destination with a cult following, will open its doors in San Jose's Westfield Valley Fair mall on May 10.
As Eater SF reported in March, Din Tai Fung has been aiming to launch its dumplings at any moment. And now, despite a generous 8,500 square-foot space with seats for 200, the first Bay Area location of the very popular restaurant is most definitely going to cause lines for days. Luckily the restaurant has already thought of this, and will implement a text message system so waiting diners can wander the mall and boost the economy while they wait. (Is this the most genius retail marketing move the world has ever seen? Perhaps.)
The Background: The chain originated in Taiwan in 1958 as a cooking oil shop, then leapt to greatness when it became a dumpling and noodle house in 1974. Now the there are over 100 locations all over the world, including Los Angeles, Seattle, Japan, Australia and a Michelin-starred location in Hong Kong. It's gained a serious legion of dumpling superfans along the way, the result of having "mastered the formula" of XLB, according to Eater critic Bill Addison. Stay tuned for more updates and coverage of all the excitement.