Shangri-La Tea Room and Cafe, known for its flavorful teas and vegetarian cuisine, is moving to 1350 Vista Ave., next door to Wells Fargo Bank, on the Boise Bench. The restaurant will remain at its current location at 1600 W. Overland Road, off of Federal Way, until the end of August. The tea room’s owners then hope to reopen Shangri-La at its new location in early September.
Toni Hodge, who co-owns the restaurant with her husband, Bob, cited a 2016 rent increase at their current location for the decision to move. She said the rent increase put the restaurant under significant financial pressure.
“This last year has just been devastating,” she said. “There have been weeks where we close out the week with $7 or less.”
But the community response to their hard times has cascaded into an amazing offering, Hodge said.
An architect is donating his services as the Hodges prepare to move into their new building. The Goddess Fest matched donations for a week to a GoFundMe account that Shangri-La had set up to help with its move and also gave Shangri-La a free booth at its recent festival. Musicians who play gigs at the restaurant arranged a fundraising performance.