A popular dim sum restaurant in Arlington still plans to move to Rockville Pike, though it’s changing its intended address and modifying its name.
Last June, China Garden’s owner announced the restaurant would be coming into Rockville after it closed in Arlington that summer. Chris Zhu, the owner, had hoped to open in the former REI space at 1701 Rockville Pike, but said last week the lease negotiations had fallen through.
Instead, Zhu, who also owns Pandora Seafood House and Bar that opened in October in Rockville, will open the restaurant at 11333 Woodglen Drive in front of the Whole Foods Market. The space formerly housed Paladar Latin Kitchen & Rum Bar, which closed in January.
At the new address, China Garden will also change its name to China Garden Han Gong—in order to avoid confusion with an unaffiliated take-out restaurant also named China Garden that is less than 2 miles away at 178 Rollins Ave.
Zhu said China Garden Han Gong should open by the end of the year, in time for the Chinese New Year.
“It will be a very elegant,” she said. “A first-class Chinese banquet place and a dim sum place.”
The restaurant will offer a similar menu of dim sum and Chinese dishes that it served at its Arlington location, along with a few new additions, Zhu said.
Zhu said the 8,600-square-foot space will be a better fit than the former REI building because it has a higher ceiling and more free parking available.
China Garden Han Gong will hold about 500 people for banquets. It will also have a stage and a private dining room.