After a brief stint as a fro-yo joint, a West End restaurant space is turning Japanese, while a planned Short Pump restaurant now has a name.
Takara Ramen opened for business Oct. 10 at 9468 W. Broad St., according to owner Kim Song.
The eatery is located in a small strip center in front of the Kroger and Lowes Home Improvement store along West Broad Street in Henrico County.
Takara’s space was previously occupied by a short-lived TCBY frozen yogurt shop.
With more than 40 seats spread throughout the nearly 1,860-square-foot establishment, Takara Ramen specializes in a number of ramen bowl entrees and appetizers. The restaurant also has a bar and outdoor patio space for patrons.
Takara is the latest in a string of ramen joints to make a go of it in Richmond. Tenka Ramen opened this summer downtown at 110 N. Fifth St. Shoryuken Ramen, one of the early arrivals in the ramen scene, closed in May after years of pop-up dinners and a year at its brick-and-mortar location at 900 W. Franklin St.
Meanwhile, local restauranteur Chris Tsui and his Richmond-based EAT Restaurant Partners revealed the name for its previously announced steakhouse and sushi restaurant slated to open in the GreenGate development: Red Salt Chophouse and Sushi.
The 6,000-square-foot restaurant is a play on words and design, according to a news release from the restaurant group. It will be using red Himalayan salt in its dishes and salt will also be reflected in the modern design of the establishment.