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Austin's Ramen Tatsu-Ya Eying Montrose Location

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CultureMap has uncovered the owners of Ramen Tatsu-Ya purchased on the 1700 block California. Records show I Own This Dirt LLC purchased the lot at 1714 California and the adjacent property in the Cherryhurst neighborhood in September. Houston Chronicle also reported on the transaction in October but didn't link the owner to Ramen Tatsu-Ya:
 

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I Own This Dirt has purchased a 3,370-square-foot restaurant building at 1722 California. Anthony Heins of Heins Properties represented the buyer. Josh Jacobs and Tasha Bason of Edge Realty Partners represented the seller, Bengolan Co.



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[Photo of 1714 California St from CultureMap]

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[Photo of 1722 California St from CultureMap]


I Own This Dirt LLC is a shell company established last summer by Tatsu Aikawa, executive chef and co-owner. For several years, Ramen Tatsu-Ya has been rumored to expand to Houston. The owners looked at a property near Houston's west side in a strip center but the rent was too much. Last May, HAIFer MAB spotted Ramen Tatsu-Ya on siteplans for the 2200 Yale shopping center where Bernie's Burger Bus is opening but was taken off some months later. The 2200 Yale property and at 1722 California are properties Edge Realty is involved with.

Ramen Tatsu-Ya hasn't confirmed any of this but all signs point to a restaurant of some kind in Houston. An entity was formed in July under Ramen Tatsu-Ya III .

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From Houston Press Friday:
 

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The rumor mill has been whispering of a Ramen Tatsu Ya location coming to Houston, and it looks like that is finally coming to pass; Ramen Tatsu Ya III, owned by Tatsu Aikawa, submitted an application for building permits for the former Zenobia's spot at 1722 California in Montrose, so there might be yet another top-notch ramen eatery in Houston very soon.



A blurb from CultureMap:
 

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Austin-based Ramen Tatsu-ya has received its initial City of Houston permits to begin construction on its Montrose location.

 

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From In the Know Houston:

 

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Ramen Tatsu-ya Confirms Houston Expansion (Sort of)

If you’ve been keeping up with all things Ramen Tatsu-ya, you’re probably aware the cultish Austin-based noodle house has had its sights set on Houston for some time. More specifically, a very close eye on the Montrose area.

Last year, executive chef and co-owner Tatsu Aikawa quietly purchased the 3,370-square-foot building at 1722 California Street in Montrose, which CultureMap linked to the restaurant earlier this year. The space was once expected to become the home of EVO, a fine dining Latin American concept from David Guerrero of Andes Cafe. Despite reports of its impending arrival and permits issued by the city, Ramen Tatsu-ya has remained mum — until now.
 

Owners Tatsu Aikawa and Takuya Matsumoto have yet to release an official statement affirming their plans for Houston; but a hiring post, uploaded to several job boards roughly two weeks ago, seems to be the first and solid confirmation for lingering doubters. “With 2 locations in Austin, Ramen Tatsu-ya is making its mark on Houston and is looking for a top leader to come in and run the first location in Houston and help grow the brand,” reads the post.
 

When reached for comment regarding the job post, a representative with Ramen Tatsu-ya shared, “we are not ready or able to comment on any expansion plans.” So, while not a firm confirmation per se, it’s not an outright denial either; a route, believe it or not, many restaurants take despite piles of evidence in an attempt to divert attention away from upcoming projects.
 

Still, the wait for additional details is akin to standing in the restaurant’s insanely long lines in Austin. And those lines are long for good reason. Earning a spot on Bon Appetit’s Top 50 New Restaurants in 2013 and almost every top ramen list since, the Hill Country favorite is celebrated for its 60-hour broth that’s made their tonkotsu an instant cult classic.
 

Once Ramen Tatsu-ya gets their Houston team in place, we expect particulars to be revealed by early fall. The big payoff? A step closer to delicious, heaping bowls of those infamous noodles in rich broths without the lengthy drive down Highway 290.

 

 

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From Eater Houston:

 

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Ramen Tatsu-ya Job Post Adds Fuel to Rumored Houston Expansion

A Montrose outpost is looking more plausible than ever
 

For many moons now there’ve been rumors floating around that celebrated Austin-based ramen outfit Ramen Tatsu-ya might be expanding to Houston. In April 2013 Eater tipsters reported that a second location was in the works. When reached for comment, a representative from the popular noodle shop confirmed that Houston was one possible location the owners were scouting for expansion. Then, earlier this year and CultureMap Houston revived the reports citing a evidence that co-owner Tatsu Aikawa's company I Own This Dirt, LLC purchased a 3,370-square-foot property at 1722 California Street in Montrose.
 

This week, In the Know Houston added further fuel to the rumors, drawing attention to a jobs board post seeking a general manager/chef to helm a Houston-based restaurant. "With 2 locations in Austin, Ramen Tatsu-ya is making its mark on Houston and is looking for a top leader to come in and run the first location in Houston and help grow the brand," the posting states. Ramen Tatsu-ya declined a request by In the Know for comment.
 

This would be the third location for the Tatsu-ya brand, which expanded to South Lamar in Austin last year. The original ramen shop won Eater Austin's 2012 So Hot Right Now award and earned a spot on the Eater National Ramen Heatmap. Stay tuned for further updates.

 

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Official news of Austin’s Ramen Tatsu-ya coming to Houston

From Houston Chronicle:

 

Ramen Tatsu-ya, the Austin-based ramen restaurant that is recognized nationally for its delectable bowls of brothy noodles, announced Friday it is expanding into the Houston market.
 

While there were well-founded rumors floating for months of a Houston branch, the restaurant officially announced it was setting up shop at 1722 California near Westheimer in Montrose. No opening date was given but a vague "slated for this winter" promise.

 

That's good enough news for Houston ramen fans who are enjoying a definite ramen moment as evidenced by the growing ramen presence in H-town.

The Houston store, which will be the brand's third restaurant, is currently under construction and is designed by McCray & Co., the Austin-based design studio responsible for the look of the two existing restaurants.

http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Austin-s-Ramen-Tatsu-ya-coming-to-Houston-10608097.php

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Construction of Ramen Tatsu-ya in Montrose from September:


Ramen Tatsu-Ya 3 in Houston is in the works.


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Mural paintings inside Ramen Tatsu-ya in Montrose at 1722 California:

Pictures from Briks Drewitt of  Brikslovesyou on Instagram:

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#raijin collab with @dustintouchton at the new @ramentatsu_ya location, in Houston!! Big thanks to @mccrayandco for havin' us... #teambriks #bluedozencollective #ramen #tatsuya #ramentatsuya #rt3 #briks #houston #htx #japanese #atx #mural #painting #paintings #japaneseart #thunder #lightning #demon #collab #restaurant #interior #cedar


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Here's a peek at a wall painted with @dustintouchton for the new #ramentatsuya location!! Also had the pleasure of working alongside @treesmcgee @meenr_one and the great @esowom all amazing artists you should already be following... Big thanks to @getbakedtx for being such a generous host! #ramen #teambriks #bluedozencollective #tiger #briks #htx #tatsuya #bdc #painting #mural #interiordesign #dragon #rt3 #atx


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Another peek at the Dragon/Tiger mural, painted with @dustintouchton at the new @ramentatsu_ya location, in Houston. #teambriks #bluedozencollective #briks #bdc #mural #painting #japanese #japanesedragon #tiger #ramen #restaurant #interiordesign #interior #brikslovesyou #character #fight #yinyang #balance #ramentatsuya #rt3 #tatsuya #dustintouchton


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If you've been to Ramen Tatsu-ya, you'd know to go look at the art in the bathroom. Here's the finished look for the Houston location at 1722 California:

 

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@brikslovesyou and BDC blessed the bathrooms of the new Ramen Tatsuya soon to open in Houston !


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And a 360 video from Instagram of the bathroom art:
http://instagram.fhou1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/t50.2886-16/16328336_1848674332042014_3735874227505463296_n.mp4



Restaurant signage and art from Gary Green:

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wow looks like that kook, hidden and long unused building is finally going to be a cool place! cant wait to check it out! 

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If Austin is any indication how this place will be, expect waiting in line for an hour.

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hey all! want to know an awesome secret? its rumored that TONIGHT is the soft opening with 1/2 off!!!!!!!! :o see ya there!

 

and omg it all makes sense now!!! crackpotandgravel this is all your posting!!! you didnt want anyone to know about the 1/2 off/soft opening so you wouldn't have to stand in line for 3hrs! haha!!! ;) i only stood in line for 30 to 40 minutes last night and it was amazing! 

 

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