A Thai restaurant at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market has completed an expansion to sell more bubble tea.
Brothers Blon Hang and Yang Hang, co-owners of Rak Thai and the chicken restaurant Juju Bird, both located inside the Downtown Market, opened their expanded space this week inside the Market Hall.
Located across from the existing Rak Thai stall, the new space allows the restaurant to create more versions of what they say is “a perennial customer favorite”: bubble tea, also known as boba.
Boba is an iced tea beverage flavored with milk and sugar. Toppings, such as chewy tapioca pearls, or boba, are added to develop a range of flavors and varieties.
In the expanded square footage, Rak Thai will experiment with new beverage ingredients and flavors, including different types of tea, the option of crushed ice to create artisan slushies, as well as more flavors and varieties of tapioca pearls, popping pearls and jellies.
The menu features various new items: including butterfly pea tea, which is a layered, bright-colored tea traditionally brewed or infused with flowers; bubble floats or bubble tea with soft-serve ice cream; “special-teas,” including brown sugar milk tea, strawberry matcha and cookies and cream; as well as fresh lemonade.
Rak Thai’s new space will also carry bubble tea merchandise, including T-shirts, stickers and pins featuring custom boba art designed by a Rak Thai team member.