Sunday, December 4 2022

Hannah and Tony Nguyen have built an entire bubble tea empire in Metro Detroit. And now they’ve added another outpost.

The Macomb Township couple recently opened their fourth Kung Fu Tea franchise in three years, a cafe located at 30754 Telegraph in Bingham Farms.

“Business is going very well. Very, very well,” she said. “It’s new and business is good. People love it.”

The shop opened about a month ago, known for its bubble teas and other colorful drinks. Kung Fu Tea is an international brand that sells its products in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and several other countries. Locally, the Nguyens also own stores at the Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk in Novi, as well as in Sterling Heights and Rochester Hills. Another Kung Fu Tea is operated by another owner in Canton Township.

Matthew Do, Hannah Nguyen’s brother, said they fell in love with the product when they were elsewhere in the country. He said he lived in Louisiana and bought their bubble tea there. He now assists his sister’s operations in Michigan.

“We loved the bubble tea before we even opened,” he said. “We wanted to bring him to Michigan.”

The new Kung Fu Tea operates in one of the few malls located in Bingham Farms, a small village adjacent to Franklin, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield Township and Southfield. It’s located in the same space that once held Burgerim, a franchise that operated for a few years under multiple owners before closing.

The location allows for plenty of business from nearby office buildings, which have been more crowded in recent days as more companies send their employees back to the office. Nyugen said it was very crowded at lunch and dinner time as people were having meals and drinks on the way home.

Do said he acquired the space earlier this year and spent several months doing renovations, including installing new kitchen equipment. The dining room layout is essentially the same as it was in Burgerim’s days, but with updated decor.

The tea and bubbles are fresh throughout the day, Do said. While standard procedure to craft them every few hours, business has been busy enough and more are being crafted on a regular basis.

“Our traffic is quite stable, so normally it goes ahead,” he said. “The teas, we infuse them fresh all day.”

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And it’s not just bubble tea: the shop also operates as a franchise of TKK Fried Chicken, a company that will partner with Kung Fu Tea and sell its products in cafes. The Bingham Farms location offers plenty of dining options with Taiwanese-inspired chicken.

Nyugen said they offer TKK fried chicken at Bingham Farms and Rochester Hills locations. There’s plenty on the menu for guests to grab and eat, including a dish called Kwa Kwa Bao, which is sticky rice with mushrooms and pork wrapped in chicken skin.

“We sell a lot because you can’t find it anywhere,” Nyugen said. “It’s really, really good.”

The store will mark its grand opening celebration with offers and raffles this weekend (July 16-18). More information about Kung Fu Tea products, as well as how to order online, can be found at kungfutea.com.

Contact reporter David Veselenak at [email protected] or 734-678-6728. Follow him on Twitter @davidveselenak.

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