Té Café, Tea Joint in Squirrel Hill Closed…
Té Café closed…But then they reopened about a week later. The cafe first opened over 5 years ago on the corner of Beacon and Murray in Squirrel Hill. Last month, a large “for lease” sign was placed in the window and it was announced that they were going to close by the end of March. Luckily, they found someone to buy the place and keep it going.
To all the people out there who don’t already know about this gem, you have to check it out – even if you’re not a tea drinker. In addition to their over 100 varieties of loose leaf tea, Té also offers smoothies, salads, wraps, biscotti, tea accessories, and the oh-so-awesome lavender lemonade – a summer essential. Most people don’t know it, but they actually serve coffee too. The coffee, supplied by La Prima in the Strip, is pretty much as fresh as it gets since it’s hand-dripped when you order it. The green tea lattes are the real deal too, not that overpriced syrupy stuff from SBUX.
Why were they about to be closed for good? Were the first owners too busy to run the ship effectively? Rumor has it they are local professionals and the cafe was just a side gig. Even with 10 other coffee shop/cafes in the area, there’s really no good reason for this place to close. Perfect location, quality products, knowledgeable staff, chilled-out atmosphere, the list goes on. Maybe they should serve coffee? Oh, wait, they do serve coffee – just no one knows about it. Sure, it’s a tea shop, but maybe people are intimidated by that. Coffee is easy, you can get it at the freaking gas station while you fill up your tank. Tea on the other hand is slightly more complicated and requires some general knowledge so you can at least know what to order.
Our take? Té Café is competing with the countless other coffee shops in Squirrel Hill… so why do they open later and close earlier than those other places? And it would be nice to see some better outside seating than those old picnic benches. Other than that, this place is great, you must go!
Are you happy to see Té Café is still open? Review it here.
What are their hours?
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 10pm
Friday: 9am – 11pm
Saturday: 10am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10pm
How the hell do you say the name?
Pronounce it like tay, not tee.