New ramen shops — one developed by veteran nightlife gurus and another theoretically coming from a mystery outfit — appear to be in the works in D.C.
Wayne Johnson and Tony Perry — partners at Dupont Circle clubs Saint Yves and Abigail — are reportedly trying the restaurant business on for size at a new spot called Kitsuen Ramen + Hookah, slated to arrive this fall. Popville posted a release about the forthcoming restaurant (1362 H Street NE) on its site. Eater reached out to a named partner on the new restaurant but has not yet heard back.
Its location on H Street NE is about a block from a longtime heavyweight in the ramen world: Toki Underground. Expect “signature bowls and cocktails” at the new 2,200-square-foot restaurant, which will span two floors and feature an outdoor patio in back.
“The design will feature a high-end Asian inspiration that promises to offer a departure from a place you’d usually grab a bite and hookah,” reads the release.
Southeast could be getting another ramen option, too. Per more Popville intel released on Tuesday, a prospective noodle shop could slide into the space left behind by now-defunct 100 Montaditos. The global chain, known for cut-rate bite-sized sandwiches, discounted pitchers of sangria, and buckets of imported Spanish beer, disappeared from Navy Yard last week. Meanwhile, aspiring chain Reren is still building out its next spot in Georgetown.
Stay tuned for more details on each location.