This weekend’s frigid winter weather has us all longing to hibernate until warmer days. But don’t let the cold stop you from going out. Just use it as an excuse to indulge in some heartwarming comfort food that will bring feeling back into your fingertips.
Back in December, we did a round-up of the best soups in Center City and now we’re coming back with the best ramen in town–for those of you who want all the comforts of Japanese food thrown into one large, steaming bowl.
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We now have details on the new noodle house opening at 4040 Locust. Ramen Bar, helmed by Dean Leevongcharoen, will be softly opening shortly after Labor Day, pending a final health inspection. The modern restaurant will hold 50-60 guests for appetizers, ten varieties of ramen and Japanese entrees. Most importantly, of course, Ramen Bar will have a liquor license for sake and beer.
The location will bring a lot of students to Ramen Bar, but Dean insists that he wants his noodle house to welcome everyone from the area to hang out and watch a Phillies game on the restaurant’s TVs. An open kitchen will add another attraction to the West Philly spot.
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A fluorescent orange liquor license is in the window of 4040 Locust Street, the former home of the Strikes bowling alley and Locust Moon comic book store. The license application lists the business as Ramen Bar Inc., which of course gets our noodle senses tingling. Although principals involved have been silent we have been able to string together some more details.
Back in January, a help-wanted ad posted online in New York was looking for a head chef for a ramen restaurant close to the University of Pennsylvania. The ad required a minimum of five years of ramen cooking experience and Japanese language skills. The ad listed the opening date as May of 2012. We’re not certain this is for the same ramen restaurant, but it seems likely.
We’ll let you know as soon as we get more information.