Ichiran

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The Ichiran main building in Fukuoka

Ichiran Ramen (一蘭, Ichiran) is a Japanese ramen food-service business specializing in tonkotsu ramen.[1] The chain restaurant began in Fukuoka[2] as a humble ramen stall in 1960 named "Futaba Ramen" (屋台双葉ラーメン). It was later re-named "Ichiran"(一蘭 "one orchid")in 1966. After three decades of serving ramen from a single location, under the leadership of CEO Manabu Yoshitomi it opened its first concept store in 1993, which became the blueprint for all future Ichiran ramen shop locations.

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Ichiran ramen is served to guests in individual booths behind a curtain to allow the diner to focus on the ramen
The accoutrements of the solo dining experience at Ichiran, including self-service water

In November 2016, Ichiran USA opened a noodle factory and restaurant in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City.[1][3] It imports its key components, broth and spicy red sauce, from Japan as of 2016.[4] After trying to open in New York for 10 years, it abandoned an earlier plan of opening a restaurant in Manhattan due to regulations and logistics challenges.[4]

By 2017 Ichiran had expanded across Japan to more than 65 locations. Outside of Japan, Ichiran has restaurants in Hong Kong, Taipei, and Brooklyn, New York. The pricing of the New York restaurant has been subject to criticism (tonkotsu ramen costs $18.90 there); Ichiran’s director of operations Hana Isoda argues that the prices are not far from New York City’s other top ramen restaurants.[5] The Brooklyn location has both tables and booths.[6] A Midtown, Manhattan location based on its solo dining concept will open on West 31st Street, between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Ichiran plans to open at least three new U.S. locations by 2020.[7]

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This Ichiran restaurant in Dotonbori, Osaka is open 24hrs

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Feldmar, Jamie (May 16, 2017). "Japan's and China's Hottest Food Franchises Have Diners Lining Up in NYC". Village Voice. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  2. ^ King, Marshall V. (4 August 2014). "Yes, the sushi in Japan really is that good". The Elkhart Truth. Retrieved 2015-09-21.
  3. ^ Facebook
  4. ^ a b King, Ariana (22 Oct 2016). "Sizzle or fizzle? Yet another Japanese ramen chain bets on Big Apple". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  5. ^ Ichiran Ramen Costs More Than Double in NYC And People Are Pissed: It costs like $7 in Japan Serena Dai, eater.com Oct 20, 2016
  6. ^ Slurping Solo, in Sweet Isolation, at Ichiran in Brooklyn PETE WELLS, New York Times, JAN. 17, 2017
  7. ^ Hit Ramen Chain Ichiran Is Bringing Solo Dining Booths to Manhattan: The restaurant known for tonkotsu ramen is expanding Serena Dai, eater.com Feb 5, 2018,


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