The original U.S. outlet of Din Tai Fung will shutter this month in Arcadia, alongside its more recent dining annex. The strip mall original will eventually come back online as a more casual takeaway concept, with the only full-fledged Din Tai Fung in the neighborhood to be the glossy soon-to-open iteration at the Westfield mall down the road.
For years, anyone wanting a strong lineup of soup dumplings and other Taiwanese favorites had to console themselves with an often hours-long line at that original U.S. iteration of Din Tai Fung out in Arcadia. And though the strip mall spot quickly outgrew its own footprint and expanded into a separate annex that could hold many more weekend brunchers, it too ultimately became burdened with success.
Enter the Westfield Santa Anita, which has long had plans to open a massive new San Gabriel Valley flagship of Din Tai Fung. That new glittering outpost will all but replace the existing locations as the new must-eat destination for the greater San Gabriel Valley, even though it’s only miles from the still-popular Glendale version at The Americana at Brand.
The new Westfield Santa Anita version will come online Monday, July 11. That’s also the day that both Arcadia spaces will close, with the annex shuttering permanently at the original strip mall storefront going into heavy remodel mode. It’ll eventually return as a mostly takeaway option with a limited menu.
Want to bite into soup dumplings with a side of nostalgia? You’ve only got until Monday to make your way to the 16 year-old original in Arcadia. After that, it’s Westfield Santa Anita or bust.