Popular Taiwanese restaurant chain cooks up East Coast expansion plan

The renowned 85°C Bakery Cafe, with more than 1,000 stores worldwide, is setting its sights on the East Coast.

In a Monday announcement, the Taiwanese bakery cafe, which provides five-star quality at an affordable price, said it retained Katz & Associates‘ Amy Staats to represent the eatery for stores in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Staats, in conjunction with CCP Real Estate Advisors’ Randall Dawson, just represented 85°C Bakery Cafe in a lease at Brace Road Station in Cherry Hill for a 2,700-square-foot store in a deal with Kimco, the landlord. That location is slated to open in Q2 2024.

Staats is currently working on a number of additional leases and is also seeking sites throughout the tri-state area.

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The name 85ºC comes from the idea that the perfect brewing temperature for espresso coffee is 85º Celsius. The name symbolizes its devotion to provide the highest quality to every guest.

“We identified the Brace Road Station center in Cherry Hill based on the market demographics and co-tenancy. Anchored by Hung Vuong Market with other cultural food options, this was an ideal opportunity,” Staats said.  “85°C Bakery Cafe does not currently have any drive-thru restaurants open, but the opportunity to be freestanding in the center was attractive. While we typically look for endcap or in-line 3,000-3,500-square-foot opportunities, we will consider all options if they make sense.”

85°C Bakery Cafe has over 1,000 stores worldwide, including Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Cambodia and Australia. In 2008, the first U.S. store opened in Irvine, California, and quickly became an overnight sensation. Current U.S. locations include cafes in: California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Texas, Hawaii and Arizona.