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Kimura ramen spinoff at Cherrity Bar sets opening night

September 5, 2018

Ramen’s coming to the East Side this week when the Kimura spinoff Ramen Bar opens Friday at the philanthropic Cherrity Bar.

Ramen Bar at Cherrity Bar will offer much of the same menu of dumplings, yakisoba noodles and Japanese ramen noodle soups as its mothership, the celebrated Kimura noodle shop from Restaurant Gwendolyn chef and owner Michael Sohocki. The doors officially open at 5 p.m. Friday at 302 Montana St.

Cherrity Bar opened in March, a project from entrepreneur David Malley, who donates a share of the proceeds to service and charitable groups throughout the year. Ramen Bar started as a pop-up, but it’s going full-time starting Friday, with hours of 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The menu will look a lot like Kimura’s, with tonkotsu, shoyu, miso and tantanmen ramen soups with chicken, pork, beef or tofu, along with gyoza dumplings and yakisoba noodle stir-fry bowls. Exclusive to Ramen Bar at Cherrity Bar for now are twice-fried tebasaki chicken wings with a sweet-hot sauce.

Ernie Bradley, director of operations for Sohocki’s restaurants, said the kitchen will be run by veteran Restaurant Gwendolyn chef Quavon Stevens.

The Gwendolyn group has taken over the beverage program at Cherrity as well, Bradley said. So on Ramen Bar’s opening night, expect Kimura’s lineup of specialty drinks like the Vanilla Fig Manhattan and the gin and green tea Green Lady, overseen by Cherrity bar manager Bruce Martin, working with Kimura bar manager Bert Ramos.

Meanwhile, Bradley said that Kimura’s other spinoff, Ramen Bar at Freight Gallery, is taking a break until October. Another Gwendolyn group project, a deli at Cherrity Bar, is on the back burner for now as construction issues get worked out, Bradley said.

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