Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pittsburgh's Ramen Bar "Open Soon".


Progress at the Ramen Bar in Squirrel Hill has been slow. Signage went up in mid September, the paper's been off the windows for a month, and staff have been in sporadically cleaning and testing, but no news until today.


As the sign says, it'll "Open Soon". Staff have been in cleaning the past few days, and it looks like we could see an opening next week. Notwithstanding the mural of a Tokyo nightscape on the wall and the katakana on the exterior sign, it's too early to tell if this will be the real, authentic Japanese ramen place Pittsburgh lacks.

[11/30/12 update: Ramen Bar now open]


  1. The lady owner of the Tokyo Japanese Food Store in Shadyside told us that she met the people who own this new Ramen Bar. They had come in to the store for supplies or something, and she said they were Chinese but had learned the cooking methods from Japanese people. So I'm not sure if that makes it more or less likely to be "authentic" but just some more information to add for consideration.

  2. Thanks for the information. I figured they were Chinese when I saw them last week. We'll see . . . the staff at Teppanyaki Kyoto isn't Japanese, either, and a lot of the cooks at restaurants aren't of the same culture as the food they prepare. That alone doesn't make it any more or less "authentic" . . . it's just that food is often changed to suit the palates of locals, so that's what I'm curious about. Anyway, we'll probably find out soon enough!


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