Taiwanese, Hong Kong-style Boba Tea Spot Sweet Cupz Opens

Veteran restaurateurs Barry Yeung and Ray Fong opened a new boba tea shop in Ingleside.

Business owners
Sakesan owners Barry Yeung (center) and Ray Fong (right) with Barry's son Caleb behind the counter at Sweet Cupz. | Alex Mullaney/Ingleside Light
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The business partners behind Sakesan Sushi & Robata opened up a boba tea shop down the block from their booming Japanese restaurant and they already have found customers.

Sweet Cupz soft-opened on Saturday, June 19. A grand opening is planned for July.

The menu takes inspiration for Taiwanese and Hong Kong-style drinks and snacks.

“Some of the drinks are popular in Hong Kong and some of the drinks are popular in Taiwan,” said co-owner Barry Yeung, who also co-owns the two Sakesan locations on Clement Street and Ocean Avenue with Ray Fong.

Hit menu items are already standing out.

“Fish balls, eggettes, mango sago and brown sugar milk tea are already popular items,” Yeung said.

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The watermelon sago drink. | Alex Mullaney/Ingleside Light

Yeung and Fong took over Indulgence Tea Bar’s long lease. They are ironing out any kinks in service before advertising their opening.

While in the soft open phase, the hours of operation will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The closing time will likely be pushed back.

“I think after dinner time people want to come for some sweets,” Yeung said.

The store will be staffed by four workers at a time when it’s completely up and running.

“This is mainly for my staff from Sakesan to be able to open the place and then all get a cut,” Yeung said.

While they don’t have a website or social media yet, Sweet Cupz is on the Snackpass smartphone app for online ordering.

Sweet Cupz

Address: 1490 Ocean Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Website: Coming soon

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