UPDATE: Royal Tea has confirmed that this will be their first American location.
The former home of Smoke Shop Tobacco and Pipes, now Climax Smoke Shop, is currently being built out to accommodate a new bubble tea shop.
Royal Tea is moving into the Mills 50 storefront, located at 714 N. Mills Avenue [GMap] directly next door to King Bao. We don’t know much about the new concept but we do know the branding they’re using on their Facebook page is the exact same as the branding for a Royal Tea in Nha Trang, Vietnam.
If part of the same franchise, the RoyalTea (Website) brand has over 300 stores in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Canada, China, and the United States, making this the second large name boba tea chain to move into the Mills 50 neighborhood.
Permits have been filed to allow for interior build-out and a facade update.