For now, Yoshi is open for dinner today and tomorrow, Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17, from 5 to 9 p.m. During those limited hours, dinners are half-off, and only certain menu items will be available, such as the appetizers, sliders, and ramen.
Most notably, Yoshi Ramen isn’t vegetarian-only — meat will be on the menu. There are ramen burgers, made with crispy ramen and patties ranging from beef to veggie, bao sliders, donburi, and, of course, a bunch of ramen from shoyu to miso.
For drinks, there are bubble teas, flavored milk teas (including matcha), as well as boozier options with beer and champagne (used for cocktails and mimosas).
Eater photographer Courtney Pierce took a tour of the new cute restaurant. The windows are covered with strings of origami cranes, lining the walls are colorful pet drawings and Japanese travel prints, and decorative maneki-neko (good luck cats) galore. There are wood details from chairs to communal tables, as well as geometric planters, banquette-style and bar seating, and frozen yogurt machines. Take a look through the space below.
Yoshi will expand into lunch on Thursday, January 18. The full menu will be available starting on Thursday, February 1.
Owner Stacy Chen took inspiration from her grandmother’s ramen shop in Osaka, Japan. The original Veggie Heaven was run by Stacy Chen’s mother, Mei. She closed up the restaurant in 2014 because she wanted to retire. Stacy picked up the reins and reopened the restaurant on West 5th Street in April 2017.