Wei Long Dong is Austin’s newest authentic Chinese community tea house from owner So-Han Fan and partner Christopher Caballero, now open. He ran a smaller version of the cafe, the Tea Spot, within Spider House Cafe's collection of assorted food and drink vendors.
Wei Long Dong, which translates into “lofty dragon cave” in Mandarin, emphasizes Chinese teas and tea ceremonies. Fan firmly believes that tea brings communities together, which is the goal of the cafe. On deck are over 130 teas all sourced straight from the country used in accompanying tea ceremonies. Thanks to the new bigger space, there are non-alcoholic events and dance parties with the help of San Marcos-based tea collective SMTeaX’s Caballero.
Fan launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds to help the tea house expand and function: more tea, glassware, decorations, salary, and more. Wei Long Dong held its soft open on Sunday, January 8, and its full grand opening
during Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28 pushed back to a later date.
The tea house’s daily hours are from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are three tea tastings every day, along with other activities. Guests can take tea classes and buy farm-direct tea, tea spots, cups, and more.
Fan also runs West China Tea Company, where he sells tea leaves to customers and restaurants, including Barley Swine.