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Another Buford Highway Dumpling Go-To Closes

Plus, Doraville’s Tea House Formosa makes some changes to its menu and more A.M. intel

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Dumpling go-to Yong He Zhi Jia is closed in the Orient Center on Buford Highway
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Beth McKibben is the editor and staff reporter for Eater Atlanta and has been covering food and cocktails locally and regionally for 12 years.

The shutter

Yong He Zhi Jia, the Buford Highway Taiwanese restaurant and go-to dumpling stop next door to Pho Bac in the Orient Square complex, is closed. The phone number is no longer in service and a sign taped to the door reads, “Something new and better coming in a few months. Thank you!” It’s dated July 31. Yelp first reported the closure late last week, which caught many of the restaurant’s regulars off guard. Yong He Zhi Jia offered some of Atlanta’s most sought-after soup dumplings. Its xiao long bao has been written up by several Atlanta food writers, including those from Eater Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine, and Creative Loafing, since it opened in the former Golden BBQ space in 2016. No word as to what will replace Yong He Zhi Jia, but its dumplings are already missed. [EATL/Yelp]

Menu changes

Tea House Formosa on Buford Highway is making a few changes to the menu, such as no longer selling snacks like baos, according to its Facebook. However, they assure customers desserts are still offered. No reason was given for the change. In an effort to be more environmentally-friendly, the Taiwanese tea house is now using reusable utensils and cups. “One-time use material will not be allowed on the dine-in floor,” the post reads. People who bring their own travel mugs or cups to Tea House Formosa will receive 20 cents off their drink. [FACEBOOK]


Pinkies UP, a new craft beer and wine store and lounge, is now open on East Crossville Road in Roswell, ScoopOTP reports. The shop offers craft beer and “boutique” wines, and classes. Food is not for sale, but customers can bring outside food in to enjoy on the patio or in the parlor. [ScoopOTP]

Coming attractions

New Jersey’s “original acai” bowl and juice bar Playa Bowls is opening in the (heavily grain bowl-saturated) Old Fourth Ward and in Chamblee, What Now Atlanta reports. The fast-casual restaurants come to Atlanta from Johnny McCall and Matt Huckeba of Pour Kitchen & Bar and Pour A.M. in Brookhaven. The Old Fourth Ward location will open at SPX Alley on Auburn Avenue and in Chamblee at Parkview on Peachtree. Playa Bowls and its “surf shop”-like atmosphere offers grab-and-go salads, soups, poke, juices, smoothies, and bowls of varying kinds. Both locations could open by the end of the year. There are currently 48 locations across the U.S. [WNA]

Tea House Formosa

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