This entry refers to a departed business — a business that has closed or left town. Information here is mostly for historical reference.

Former Location
1538½ Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3903
Former Owners

Wilbert G.M. Lee (founder)

Don Yee

Leon Lee (owner until around 1970's)

Business Lifespan

The Tea Cup Restaurant was a chinese restaurant with a cocktail lounge on the second floor of the old Flatiron building.  The main entrance to the place was the well known red staircase from Pacific Avenue.  The restaurant closed in October 1989 because of extensive damage to the building's structure after the Loma Prieta earthquake.


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2010-03-11 20:59:39   One of my favorite stories occurred here, when my then-girlfriend thought that I was having an affair and stormed into the bar to confront me, only to see that I was having drinks with a mutual friend. She felt stupid, our friend was embarrassed, and I was furious. But it is funny looking back on it. —

2010-12-02 10:43:32   Broke my heart when it closed for good. When my wife and I were first dating we used to head up there for drinks many an afternoon. I will always have fond memories of Don and his cool little bar. —

2011-09-13 05:54:52   My mom used to take me and my brother there in the 50's but I still think the Tea Cup had the best TEMPURA SHRIMP I have ever had to this day!!! Doug Peters —