Pop-up ramen concept opening restaurant in Union Hill

Ramen noodle restaurant opening in Richmond

Slurp! Ramen is planning to open next year in a building currently under construction across from Sub Rosa at 2416 Jefferson Ave. (Mike Platania/The Jasper Facebook)

A pop-up restaurant born out of the pandemic is going full-time in Union Hill.

Slurp! Ramen has signed a lease to open in Matt Jarreau and Daniil Kleyman’s new mixed-use building at 2416 Jefferson Ave.

Slurp was created last summer out of in Carytown bar The Jasper’s need to keep the lights on while the pandemic wiped out indoor dining and drinking. The bar’s ownership trotted out a variety of to-go and delivery pop-up concepts, Slurp included.

Kevin Liu

“We plan to create a brick-and-mortar concept based around our successful Slurp! Ramen pop-up that originated as part of our pandemic to-go program,” said Jasper co-owner Kevin Liu in an email.

As a pop-up, Slurp’s noodle bowls were available in tonkotsu, miso and cold summer variations, while also offering sides like steamed buns and wings.

The restaurant recently signed a lease for the ground floor of the new triangular building, which is still under construction. Sperity Real Estate Ventures’ Nathan Hughes represented all parties in lease negotiations. Campfire & Co. is handling the interior design for Slurp, and M.L. Bell Construction is the base building’s general contractor.

Standing at two stories and totaling 20,800 square feet, the building will house 21 apartments above 5,000 square feet of commercial space, the majority of which is now spoken for.

Construction on the project kicked off last year. Once completed, Slurp will join Spotty Dog Ice Cream and Jarreau’s GeorgeRVA real estate group, while details on the buildings final tenant are forthcoming.

Kleyman said they’re hoping to complete the apartments in April 2022, around the time Liu said he hopes to have Slurp open.

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