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Wichita’s first ramen joint opening in Delano in April

Jack Fukuda plans to open Yokohama Ramen Joint in April. He’s taking over the former Tahini Mediterranean Eatery place in Delano.
Jack Fukuda plans to open Yokohama Ramen Joint in April. He’s taking over the former Tahini Mediterranean Eatery place in Delano.

The ramen trend has landed in Wichita.

In April, Jack Fukuda plans to open Yokohama Ramen Joint in Delano. Fukuda, who also runs Beard Papa’s, the cream puff store in Towne East Square, is taking over the spot at 613 W. Douglas that was just vacated by the short-lived Tahini Mediterranean Eatery.

Ramen, the Japanese noodle soup food most commonly associated with college dormitories, has become a foodie trend in larger cities of late. Fukuda describes it as the ultimate Japanese comfort food, made with fluffy wheat noodles served in a meat or vegetable broth and flavored with soy sauce, miso or tonkotsu, which is pork bone. The soup is often topped with things like soft braised pork, spiced hard boiled eggs and scallions. Ramen is an affordable dish commonly eaten in Japanese households, he said.

“It's nothing like the Cup O’ Noodles that you can buy for a dollar from a grocery store,” he said.

Fukuda, who said he managed a Ramen store called Koi Kawa in San Antonio, is naming the restaurant after his hometown of Yokohama, and he said the red brick details inside the Delano space reminded him of Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, a shopping complex and venue in his hometown.

He’ll also serve some of his famous Beard Papa’s cream puffs in the store, Fukuda said.

Stay tuned for more news as the opening gets closer.

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