Chef Justin Carlisle announced today that he has finalized negotiations on the space at 1749 N. Farwell Ave. for a brick and mortar location for Red Light Ramen. The space formerly housed Juiced!, a cold-pressed juicery that recently moved to Walker's Point.
"Essentially, the space will become both a full-blown ramen shop, as well as an extension of Ardent, which we can use for special events," notes Carlisle who says that remodeling is currently underway. The interior will feature graffiti art designed by Ardent employee Steven Ruiz, as well as a small bar and six to eight tables.
The late-night ramen concept will continue to operate out of Ardent for the time being, offering up ramen on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 11:30 p.m. However, Carlisle says he hopes the new shop will be up and running by mid-July.
The shop will feature three types of ramen: a pork-based tonkotsu ramen, a vegetarian option and a chilled smoked trout ramen. There will also be a half-dozen or so smaller dishes on the menu, as well as beverages that include alcoholic slushies, beer and potentially a small sake and wine list.
Carlisle notes that he hasn’t finalized hours for the new location of Red Light; however, he says the hours will definitely be expanded, likely to embrace the dinner hour and potentially lunch, too. Ruiz will act as manager for the shop, which is likely to add an additional staff of two to three moving forward.
The Red Light Ramen trailer will continue to make appearances on Saturdays at Central Standard Distillery, 613 S. 2nd St., serving ramen from noon until it runs out.
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