J. ALFRED RITTER
A restaurant industry veteran, J. Alfred Ritter
developed the concept for Zen Zoo Tea
during an extended trip to Asia in 1995.
The sensational tastes, colors and scents of Bubble Tea as well as the relaxed ambience of these hip teahouses made an instant impression on Ritter
Dedicated to bringing Bubble Tea and the teahouse experience back to America, Ritter
began a journey to develop the ideal teahouse for an upscale American audience.
sought out and studied with the world's leading Bubble Tea master, Master Chen Zhong Liang, to perfect his
drink-making skills and hone his
and Yu, discovering no high quality fruit syrups available in the United States, developed their own real fruit syrups for use in their ZenFusion recipes.
Ritter drew upon his
extensive background in restaurant operations and business management to create Zen Zoo Tea, Inc.
, which operates Zen Zoo Tea
located in Brentwood, California.
brings to Zen Zoo Tea, Inc.
, more than a decade of experience in both successful restaurant start-ups as well as in leading establishments such as Market City Caffe
and the Camelback Inn.
He holds a degree in international business with a minor in economics from California State University, Los Angeles, where he graduated in the top five percent of his class.
Together with co-founder J. Alfred Ritter, Yu was instrumental in developing the Zen Zoo Tea concept of a bar-like atmosphere, where customers educate each other about the drinks and food items in a true spirit of camaraderie.