Are the owners of Airport Boulevard Japanese restaurant Komé opening a new ramen shop downtown sometime in March? If this Craigslist ad for front-of-house and back-of-house employees is any hint, the dream might just be real: the ad asks prospective employees to e-mail one "kasazu" at "kome-austin.com," which just has to be Komé co-owner Kayo Asazu, right?
While it certainly wasn't the first restaurant in town to serve the traditional Japanese noodle soup, Komé arguably kicked off Austin's growing ramen frenzy when it opened back in October 2011 as the brick-and-mortar incarnation of the Sushi A-Go-Go truck with ramen on the lunch menu. Then, Ramen Tatsu-Ya opened in September 2012, and folks were happy to wait an hour or more for dinner-only service. Paul Qui's East Side King at Hole In The Wall has become the flagship of experimental ramen. And just six days ago, the Michi Ramen truck went brick-and-mortar on North Lamar.
With so many ramen options, maybe those lines at Ramen Tatsu-Ya will finally die down for good.
UPDATE: Eater Austin's confirmed with Kayo Asazu that the new ramen shop is a "sister restaurant" to Komé, to be located at 612 E. 6th Street (between Sabine and Red River) downtown. It'll be called Daruma Ramen.