Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Chado Tea Room

Chado Tea Room

Photo: Gary Leonard/Metro

Photo: Gary Leonard/Metro

Chado Tea Room is located next to the Japanese American National Museum and boasts over 400 varieties of tea. At Chado Tea Room, patrons can take advantage of indoor or outdoor seating, and purchase light pastries and sandwiches to accompany their tea.

Tekeste “Tek” Mehreteab has worked with Chado Tea Room since 1999. Originally hired as an on-site chef, he was eventually promoted to manager and ultimately, a partner with founders Reena and Devan Shah. 

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund was started to assist “mom and pop” businesses that may be directly impacted by construction of Metro’s Crenshaw/LAX line, the Regional Connector Transit Project along the Little Tokyo area and the 2nd and Broadway segment and Phase I of the Purple Line Extension.

More than $2 million in grants have been awarded since the first grants were awarded to qualifying merchants in April 2015. The fund aims to provide financial assistance to support affected businesses’ ability to remain open throughout construction and realize the benefits of the new rail lines once completed. 

To learn more about Metro’s Business Interruption Fund or how to apply for a grant, visit the Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corp (PCR).

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