Since last summer, a banner that read "Dimsum House" hung loosely on the front edifice of the unit which housed Vol. 94, an ambitious Korean-New American fusion wine bar that operated for two years. No one paid much attention.
Last week, the universally praised Lunasia in Alhambra hung a new banner announcing the opening of "Dimsum House" at 239 E Colorado Blvd. Lunasia Alhambra staff verified Lunasia is behind Pasadena's Dimsum House, and the target opening date is sometime later in this month. A call to the Pasadena number registered to the business yielded no operator, but there is definitely remodeling activities at the Pasadena location.
Pasadena has been without serious Chinese dining option since the closure of Yujean Kang's in 2012. Panda Express did Chipotle-fy itself last July by opening a fanciful concept kitchen, but Pasadena will gain the strongest reason to not support the completion of Interstate 710 when Dimsum House opens. Why drive the torturous 5 miles through San Marino and South Pasadena to Alhambra when one of the best dimsum restaurants in LA is bringing fancy tobiko-topped shiu mai and translucent Chiu Chow dumplings directly to Old Town-adjacent?
There is no alcohol license currently planned for the 4000-square foot space, but it won't matter when the nice little old ladies of Pasadena sit down at Lunasia Dim Sum House for Christmas dinner.
Lunasia Dim Sum House
239 E Colorado Blvd