Signage is up and furniture and fixtures being put in place at the new HTeaO Cedar Park location at the intersection of New Hope Drive and Bagdad Road, behind the 7-11 convenience store. While local owner Marcus Dawes will not promise an exact date for the newest location of the Texas-famous iced tea shop, he does state that opening day is “getting super close” and will be announced soon on the HTeaO Cedar Park facebook page.
HTeaO has around 20 freestanding and strip-center tea shops across the state. The Lubbock-based chain evolved out of the brisk drive through tea business that Kim and Gary Hutchins did from their Buns Over Texas restaurants. Their strategic decision to build a new restaurant with a separate brand, storefront, and drive through just focusing on premium teas and water turned out to be a bigger business than burgers.
Currently, the chain has 19 locations open and several more, including Cedar Park, listed as “coming soon” on the HTeaO website.