Archive Diver: Tiger Tiger Teahouse and Trip Wire Bombing

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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