Loose Leaf Boba Company Opens at The Shops at Yale in Downtown New Haven

Loose Leaf Boba Company Opens at
The Shops at Yale in Downtown New Haven


NEW HAVEN, CT – Yale University Properties welcomes Loose Leaf Boba Company, located at 46 High Street, to The Shops at Yale in the Chapel Street Historic District of downtown New Haven.


Owner Lisa Satavu of North Haven, CT is bringing an entirely new boba tea and drink concept to New Haven, offering unique, hot & cold beverages made with all-natural and organic ingredients like real fruit, real milk, freshly pressed tea, and organic matcha.  All of Loose Leaf Boba Company’s drinks are made to order, so they are tailored to each customer’s taste preferences.


“We want to change the game in how people view boba and tea,” said Lisa, who opened the new location with her brother William Bok.  “Each drink is inspired by different cultures and boba tea shops all around the world, using only the finest ingredients.”


Boba refers to the chewy tapioca pearls that make boba, or bubble, tea distinguishable from other beverages.  Notable flavors from Loose Leaf’s menu include Strawberry Matcha Latte, Hong Kong Milk Tea, Banana Foster, Pandan Pina Collision, Matchacado, and Chrysanthemum Teas, as well as 50/50 drinks which are half Vietnamese coffee and half milk tea.


Lisa and William, who are no strangers to the New Haven culinary scene having been a part of the restaurant group that helped put together Pokémoto Hawaiian Poké, Saladcraft, and FroyoWorld, were looking to bring a California-inspired boba tea concept to Connecticut and believed New Haven would be the perfect fit.


“Downtown New Haven is a cultural hub for innovative and creative ideas, and I couldn’t imagine a better location to open Loose Leaf,” said Lisa.  “We pride ourselves on quality and service, and live by one motto: Always Keepin’ It Real!”


The owners “keep it real” — and unique — by not using artificial non-dairy creamer powder, fructose syrup or artificial non-vegan food coloring, and their milk is sourced locally from Arethusa Farm in Litchfield, CT.  Loose Leaf also offers vegan milk options from Califia Farms Plant Milks and Oatly Original Oatmilk.


The restaurant has created a total of 10 full and part time jobs in New Haven.  A soft opening was held on March 30 where the owners were greeted by a long line of customers who were eager to try what Loose Leaf had to offer.


Loose Leaf Boba Company is located at 46 High Street in New Haven, and is open Sunday-Thursday, 11:00am-10:00pm and Friday & Saturday, 11:00am-11:00pm.  Convenient hourly parking is available at The Shops at Yale parking lot located at 161 York Street, directly behind Harvest Wine Bar & Restaurant.  Currently, The Shops at Yale is offering 2-hours of free parking with a $25 or more same-day purchase from participating retailers and restaurants, theshopsatyale.com/freeparking.


“We are delighted to support the expansion of local, women-owned businesses in New Haven,” said Lauren Zucker, Yale University Associate Vice President for New Haven Affairs and University Properties.  “Yale University’s community investment program supports independently-owned businesses, bringing jobs to New Haven residents and expanding the city’s tax base.”


Media Contacts

William Bok, (860) 966-2011, will@bobacompany.com

Erin Shanley, erin.shanley@yale.edu


Photos (Please credit: Steve Blazo)



For more information about Loose Leaf Boba Company, visit theshopsatyale.com/looseleaf.


The Shops at Yale & Yale University Properties

The Shops at Yale is made up of the Chapel Street Historic and Broadway Districts in New Haven and includes a mix of retailers and restaurants, such as Apple, lululemon, L.L.Bean, J.Crew, Derek Simpson Goldsmith, Union League Café, Tarry Lodge, Shake Shack, and idiom Boutique.  Yale University Properties manages Yale University’s commercial properties, including retail stores, office spaces, and residential units in New Haven.  Enabled by Yale’s community investment program, University Properties is committed to enhancing the quality of life in New Haven through the development of high-quality retail and office environments and the revitalization of surrounding neighborhoods.  As a result of University Properties’ community investment program, Yale University is one of the largest taxpayers in the city of New Haven.  Learn more at TheShopsatYale.com and ONHSA.Yale.edu.



Ample parking for The Shops at Yale is available at four convenient surface parking lots adjacent to stores and restaurants — 255 Crown Street, 161 York Street, 56 Broadway and 40 Dixwell Avenue.  Directions can be found at theshopsatyale.com/parking-directions.




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