New ramen restaurant opens on Broad

Takara Ramen opened Oct. 10 at 9468 W. Broad St.

Takara Ramen opened Oct. 10 at 9468 W. Broad St.

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.

Henrico County recently approved the GreenGate project to break ground on the initial phase of construction. (Michael Thompson)

Henrico County recently approved the GreenGate project to break ground on the initial phase of construction. (Michael Thompson)

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.

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