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"We need a bigger space"
Din Tai Fung announced this week that it wants to relocate to the adjacent Galleria mall in the autumn of 2023.
The move will take place after the restaurant has spent almost ten years selling its famed xiao long bao at the Americana at Brand in Glendale.
According to Lindsay Kahn, a spokesperson for Brookfield Properties, which is the company that owns the Galleria and Din Tai Fung, the restaurant will open at the Galleria along Central Avenue at the mall's main entrance.
It will occupy a space that is 11,443 square feet, and it will also have a patio area that is 2,260 square feet, making it the largest of the chain's locations in Los Angeles County. The Galleria is owned by Brookfield Properties.
“We have been looking for a larger space,” Aaron Yang, Din Tai Fung’s vice president, said in an emailed statement. “This move will allow us to include more seating, add a patio and provide a better working environment for our team.”
At the moment, a Gap apparel shop can be found in the area of the Galleria where the future restaurant will be located. According to Kahn, it will move to a different location inside the shopping center. A store in the shopping center that is now unoccupied will be taken over by the restaurant.
According to a story published by Eater Los Angeles, which was the publication that first broke the news of the transfer, spokespeople for Din Tai Fung cited the desire for a new landlord as one of the reasons for the shift.
Din Tai Fung will keep operating out of its Americana site on Brand Avenue until its new restaurant in the Americana opens in 2023.