After almost 10 years of service to his famous xiao long bao at Americana at Brand in Glendale, Din Tai Fung said this week that it plans to hit the neighboring Galleria mall in the fall of 2023.
At the Galleria, Din Tai Fung will open along Central Avenue at the mall’s main entrance and occupy 11,443 square feet with an additional 2,260 square feet of patio space, making it the chain’s largest location in Los Angeles County, according to Lindsay Kahn, a spokesman for Brookfield Properties that owns the Galleria.
A Gap clothing store is currently located in the Galleria area where the restaurant will be featured. It will be moving to another property in Glendale, Kahn said. The restaurant will also occupy a currently vacant mall.
“We were looking for a larger space,” Aaron Yang, vice president of Din Tai Fung, said in an emailed statement. “This move will allow us to add more seating, add a patio and provide a better working environment for our team.”
Din Tai Fung officials cited a desire for a new landlord among the reasons for the move, according to a report by Eater LA, which broke the news of the move. Americana at Brand is owned by real estate developer and Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso.
Yang said he was pleased with the management of Caruso and Americana during his restaurant’s stay at the mall, calling the move “bittersweet.”
Caruso’s management team did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.
Ahead of its opening in 2023, Din Tai Fung will continue to operate at its Americana location on Brand Avenue.
The Galleria and Americana, which sit side-by-side, have been direct competitors for more than a decade, whose battles have spiraled to the court and eventual $48 million settlement.
Since moving to Glendale in 2008, Americana — a retail and residential center that resembles a historic American high street with an avenue named Caruso — has attracted high-end brands and shoppers to the area, eclipsing the older Galleria mall , which opened in 1976.
The importance of the aging mall that snagged a high-profile restaurant like Din Tai Fung from Americana was celebrated on social media.
When Din Tai Fung opened its Glendale location in Americana in 2013, the move was seen as something of a risk since it was the chain’s first restaurant to open outside of the San Gabriel Valley. The location was even more unusual given that there wasn’t a large Chinese presence in the neighborhood, noted Times’ acclaimed food critic Jonathan Gold after his debut.
Already popular in Taipei, Din Tai Fung opened its first US location in 2000 in a mall in Arcadia. The location quickly drew large crowds and at times two-hour waits.
Though Chinese soup dumplings were already a San Gabriel Valley staple, it was Din Tai Fung that drew Westsiders to a rare drive east on the 210 Freeway.
At Glendale the risk paid off and the crowds followed suit.
“The Glendale Din Tai Fung, an elegant dining room just steps from the red-carpet entrance to Nordstrom, is as popular as the opening weekend of an ‘Iron Man’ sequel, and the lines there are twice as long,” Gold wrote in 2013 .
Since then, the Taiwan-based chain has expanded up and down the West Coast and now has four locations in Los Angeles County, one in San Diego, one in Costa Mesa in Orange County, and four restaurants in Washington, one in Oregon and one more in Las Vegas.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-04/din-tai-fung-in-glendale-to-dump-the-americana-for-galleria Din Tai Fung in Glendale leaving the Americana for the Galleria