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Wake Cup brings boba, coffee and all-day breakfast to the Haight

Three months after Haight Street's Bing + Boba shuttered unexpectedly for renovations, the space at 1474 Haight has reopened under new ownership, as Wake Cup.

Owners Terry Lee and Echo Tu kept the boba offerings, which now complement a full selection of coffee and tea drinks, including seven specialty tea lattes (house, jasmine, oolong, Thai, matcha, hojicha and rooibos).

All-day breakfast includes items like egg and cheese sandwiches and fruit smoothies, with kid-friendly and gluten-free options. There are also a few lunch items, like a chicken salad sandwich or a vegan avocado and artichoke sandwich. 

Lee hasn't owned a cafe before, but has a background working at the Inner Richmond's Burma Superstar. She said she'd been looking for a storefront in the Haight since graduating from the culinary program at Le Cordon Bleu.

"I've been thinking about it since college," Lee said. "We try to offer better ingredients" than similar shops: "everything organic, better quality." 

The cafe serves a full array of coffee drinks, as well as brewed tea, tea lattes, and boba. | Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline

Wake Cup opened last weekend for a trial period, Lee said. They'll continue to be open Tuesdays through Sundays, until they have enough information about foot traffic to set regular hours.

As for Bing + Boba's renovation-turned-closure, owner Emil Mouhanna confirmed that he had sold the business to Lee and Tu, but declined to discuss the reason.

Thanks to tipster Denny G. See something interesting while you’re out and about? Text Hoodline and we’ll try to find out what’s going on: (415) 200-3233.

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