“Sadly, it has come time for us to move on to greener pastures,” said co-owner Kayo Asazu. “This was a very tough decision to make, but we know it’s the right one.” The small footprint of the restaurant made it unsafe to reopen in a safe manner, too.
There are plans to reopen Daruma in the future, somewhere in a new location, a plan that had already been in the works before the pandemic, as Asazu shared with Eater.
Daruma’s specialty was its chicken broth-based ramen, as well as its vegan ramens made with miso/fruit/vegetable-based broth. The noodle soup dish will still be available to-go at Kome.
During the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Daruma had stayed open for takeout and third-party deliveries ramen in mid-March, then moved its operations into the Airport Boulevard location of sibling spot Sa-Ten in late March, and then moved again to operate and share the kitchen space at Kome in early April.
Co-owners Kayo Asazu and Takehiro Asazu opened Daruma in 2013.
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