Residents walking down Franklin Street recently might have noticed different signs in the windows of Shanghai Dumpling, located at 143 E. Franklin St.
Wheat 麦茶, which also serves Chinese cuisine, recently replaced Shanghai Dumpling.
The signs in the window note the restaurant is currently in its soft opening period. It opens at 11:30 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. daily.
Wheat 麦茶 specializes in authentic Chinese noodles, rice, teas and desserts. It has another location in Durham, at 810 9th St.
Shanghai Dumpling, known for its popularity among students, closed its Franklin Street location sometime in March, according to Stephanie Cobert, the director of marketing at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
Cobert said the CHDP has been attempting to make "inroads" with the new tenants.
“We do our best to reach out to them to offer our services, which are free,” she said. “We do our best to partner with them to help promote anything that they have going on, as well as collaborate on any events or specials or things like that.”
Cobert also said the partnership did not often work with Shanghai Dumpling.
Bing Tian, a shift leader at the new restaurant, said many students don’t have cars or the means to get authentic Chinese dishes from spots farther than Franklin Street and that they now have Wheat 麦茶 as an option.