La Boulange du Dome, the twenty-first location for the Starbucks-owned mini-chain of cafés, debuts on the fourth floor of the Westfield mall on Monday. The café makes better use of the big empty space under the grand dome than that awkwardly spacious lounge area that lived there for years. Tonight there’s actually going to be a Pride kick-off T-Dance under the dome, and thus there’s already some colorful rainbow lighting. As for Martin Yan’s M.Y. China, moving in just behind that plywood at the rear, you can look for that to finally open in September.
M.Y. China is the first new project from pioneering PBS chef Martin Yan in the Bay Area since opening his Yan Can restaurants in Santa Clara and Pleasant Hill. We first heard about the project almost a year and a half ago, and the opening has been delayed a few times, likely because of the ambitious build-out. As you can see in the promo video below, Yan wants to bring modern-day Chinese food to America, and he’ll be featuring live noodle pulling (or “noodle dancing“) to liven up the space, as well as hand-made dim sum, as well as plenty of stir-fried wok specialties. Also in the video are some renderings.
La Boulange du Dome - 865 Market Street, 4th Floor - Opening Monday, June 25
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