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Strings Ramen Shop opening soon in Chinatown

  • A rendering of Strings Ramen Shop
A rendering of Strings Ramen Shop
September 16, 2013|By Kristen Kuchar, @KristenKuchar | For RedEye

The owner of a former izakaya-style restaurant in Chinatown is planning to open a ramen shop in the neighborhood later this month. 

As the name suggests, Strings Ramen Shop (2141 S. Archer Ave.) will serve exclusively ramen, and owner Kee Chan (Lure Izakaya Pub) said he hopes the concept will brings something fresh and different to Chicago’s dining scene. “People know ramen in New York and California already, but not so much in Chicago,” Chan said.

The simple menu will consist of four to eight different types of ramen plus a handful of appetizers. “We decided to take the risk and offer ramen only,” Chan explained. “We will concentrate on these items and make it the best by just focusing on that.”

Appetizers will range from $4 to $6, and the ramen will be $8 to $15. The basic ramen types offered include shio, a thick straight noodle with a clear broth; tonkotsu, a thin straight noodle in a creamy broth topped with duck breast or foie gras; shoyu, a curly noodle topped with seaweed or scallions and miso, a thick curly noodle with a broth made of miso paste and topped with lobster, shrimp, scallops or sea urchin. “It is a comfort food, and everybody can enjoy this beautiful broth,” Chan said.

Strings Ramen Shop will seat 30 to 35 people--and perhaps more next summer with the possible introduction of outdoor seating. 

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