Archive Diver: Tiger Tiger Teahouse and Trip Wire Bombing

Archive Diver: Tiger Tiger Teahouse and Trip Wire Bombing
via Miami New Times archives November 23 - 29, 2009. Click for fullsize.

Tiger Tiger Teahouse opened on Biscayne Boulevard in 1969. The restaurant then moved to South Miami, the location the ad at right advertises, closed for a year, and then reopened on the 79th street causeway in North Bay Village.

A 1992 Miami New Times review of the restaurant at its 79th Street location by Jen Karetnick said "The food itself epitomized poor preparation from a disinterested kitchen. And time seemed to stand still."

Woah, harsh.

Even worse, in 1996, 40-year-old Chef Gouquiang Situ, a Chinese immigrant who had worked his way up from dishwasher to head of the Tiger Tiger kitchen, was killed walking home from work while carrying take-out soup and Chinese newspapers.

In a mysterious case documented by the New York Times the chef was killed by a bomb blast set off by a trip wire strung between a metal bus shelter and a chainlink fence near WSVN Channel 7. At the time of the incident no motive or suspect was determined.

Anybody have any other Tiger Tiger Teahouse memories?


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