By Lori Grisham
Hollywood East, dim sum in Wheaton, Maryland (Click on link to listen to audio story)
A Chinese restaurant known for its dim sum brunches has put Wheaton, Md., on the D.C. area’s culinary map. Zagat rated Hollywood East the No. 1 Chinese food restaurant in the region. But to its customers, it also serves as a gathering place for one of the suburb’s most diverse communities.
Hollywood East opened in 1996 and has enjoyed positive reviews from restaurant critics and a loyal, multi-ethnic clientele ever since, according to owner Janet Yu.
Yu runs the business with her sons, nieces and nephews, and to them, the customers who come regularly from as far as Annapolis, are also like family.
During the making of this piece, Hollywood East on the Boulevard announced they are moving to a new location this summer. The current location will be closed at the end of May 2009. Hollywood East will move into a new space at the Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center. It is scheduled to open in summer 2009.
Current Location (until May 2009):
2621 University Blvd. West
Wheaton, MD, 20902
New Location (coming this summer):
11160 Veirs Mill Rd.
Wheaton, MD 20902