In Austin, Ramen Tatsu-Ya is about to become a triple threat. According to a release, a new location of the beloved noodle shop is opening this summer at 1600 E. Sixth St., the former location of Kuneho and Qui.
The news was first teased in March, when reps confirmed that owners Takuya Matsumoto and Tatsu Aikawa had signed a lease at the space. The new location will be the first ramen shop of its kind located in East Austin.
The menu will bring all the Tatsu-Ya favorites to the east side, including the cult tonkotsu original ramen and small bites like sweet and sour Yodas (Brussels sprouts with apricot vinegar and curry) and Korokkaaayyy (Japanese croquettes with chashu and house katsu sauce).
In addition to beer, wine, and sake, the upcoming restaurant will also have a full bar with a craft cocktail menu designed by beverage director Michael Phillips. To take advantage of the surrounding neighborhood's nightlife scene, the new location will also offer extended late hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
For the space, the owners worked with frequent collaborator McCray & Co. to put an Austin-meets-Japan stamp on the original building designed by A Parallel Architecture. Tokyo street artist ESOW has been drafted to create new murals, which will replace Kuneho’s Peelander-Yellow murals. Works by Xavier Walker, Ross Loftin, and Mila Sketch will also be displayed.
The new location will be the fourth shop for the owners, including a Houston outpost which opened in November 2016. In addition, the team is working on what appears to be a new concept at 7301 Burnet Rd. Although details are still forthcoming, the name listed on the mixed beverage permits is Dip Dip Dip Tatsu-Ya.