If University at Buffalo students aren’t getting enough coffee, now they can try some tea instead.
Michael Jiang, a UB graduate from New York City, teamed up with a partner to open a new franchise on campus for Kung Fu Tea, a “bubble tea” restaurant akin to a Starbucks Coffee shop but centered around tea. The restaurant offers both hot and cold tea, as well as coffee and slush drinks.
Kung Fu Tea has 15 locations throughout New York City, where it is based, plus franchises in Boston and Houston, with stores slated to open in Georgia and California.
It also has ventures in Taiwan, mainland China and Southeast Asia. The UB store will be the only one in upstate New York.
The new location will open next weekend in 2,800 square feet of space inside The Commons on UB’s North Campus, which is managed by First Amherst Development, said broker Robert Marcus of Colby Development LLC, who handled the deal. Jiang signed a seven-year lease, Marcus said.
Kung Fu marks the 11th restaurant inside the Commons, and the third that Marcus has brokered inside the facility, after Jonny C’s Delit and a Mediterranean restaurant called Rachel’s Café and Deli.