Ramen Tatsu-ya, Austin’s best ramen shop, is embarking on a new restaurant in the city. Run by co-owners and executive chefs Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto, Kemuri Tatsu-ya will serve as a Texas-influenced izakaya, blending the pair's Austin upbringing with their Japanese roots sometime this winter.
Kemuri takes over Live Oak Barbecue’s former home in Holly. This doesn’t mean it’s a barbecue spot, but there are plans for smoked meats. The casual eatery will focus on sharable dishes and seasonal specials, And yes, ramen will be found on the menu, but don’t expect a strong emphasis on the popular noodle soup.
The name, Kemuri, comes from the Japanese word for “smoke,” paying homage to its predecessor (the new restaurant is also keeping Live Oak’s smokey stained walls). The space is designed by McCray & Co., which has been behind Ramen Tatsu-ya’s two locations, Lenoir, and other restaurants.
Ramen Tatsu-ya is keeping busy with a Houston expansion at the same time. Aikawa and Matsumoto opened their first ramen shop on Research Boulevard in 2012, followed by the second one on South Lamar in 2015.
Kemuri is currently hiring for all front and back of house positions.
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