Ramen Tatsu-ya is in fact opening another noodle soup restaurant in East Austin, to be found in the former home of chef Paul Qui’s former flagship restaurant Qui on 1600 East 6th. It’s set to open in the summer.
Special to this Ramen Tatsu-ya restaurant location will be a new bar menu concocted by Michael Phillips, who is the beverage director of Ramen Tatsu-ya, as well as the restaurant’s other spot, the Texas-Japanese izakaya Kemuri Tatsu-ya. The East 6th Street restaurant will also open for late night hours on Fridays and Saturdays. (Bryan Parsons is now the beverage director of Kemuri.)
Otherwise, expect the same popular ramen bowls, from the tonkotsu original to the Mi-So-Hot, as well as appetizers like the katsu sliders and desserts.
The original building structure will remain the same, which was designed by A Parallel Architecture for Qui, but the exterior will feature murals from Esow, a Tokyo street graffiti artist. His work can be seen at Kemuri and Ramen’s Houston restaurant.
Chefs and co-owners Takuya Matsumoto and Tatsu Aikawa are also opening another something on 7301 Burnet Road, but they haven’t revealed what that would be just yet.
This is Ramen’s fourth restaurant all together, including one on Research Boulevard, South Lamar, and the third out in Houston. The new restaurant currently hiring for all staff.
Before Ramen took over the address, it used to be home to Qui’s award-winning restaurant Qui, which was turned into Japanese spot Kuneho, which closed last fall. Qui was charged with assault in March 2016 for allegedly beating and bloodying his girlfriend in front of her child, but those charges were dismissed in April.
This article has been updated to reflect the new beverage director of Kemuri Tatsu-ya.