East Side King’s ramen-loving Hole in the Wall spot will close down on Saturday, December 19. This is instead of leaving by the end of January, which is when the shop’s lease is supposed to be over. The campus dive bar is currently looking for a new vendor to take over the back space.
Hole in the Wall was in danger of shutting down by January 2016 because of a proposed rent increase. However, owner Will Tanner worked it out with his landlord with the help of brokerage company Retail Solutions. He revealed, though, that East Side King would leave before the new contract went into effect next year.
Empire-building Paul Qui and Moto Utsunomiya opened in Hole in the Wall in 2012. There are also locations within The Four Horsemen, The Liberty, and on South Lamar. Then there’s the spicy Thai Kun arm, with a truck at Whisler’s, and one slated for
yet-to-open Update, November 24, 11:15 a.m.: now open Steampunk Saloon, but East Side King isn't there yet. Plus, there's a brick and mortar up at the Domain, set to open sometime before the end of this year. Maybe the Hole in the Wall shutter means that ramen will make an appearance at the new Thai Kun.