Masaki Ishitani has been working as a sushi chef in Denver for the past ten years, but before that he was a ramen cook in Nada, Japan. And now he's returning to his roots, opening his own noodle house called Miyako Ra-men Spot on South Broadway, which he expects to have ready for his first customers some time next week.
Miyako Ra-men Spot is tucked into a shopping center next to Billy's Gourmet Hot Dogs and Trompeau Bakery, and although it's a little tough to see from the street, if the recent success of Katsu Ramen across town is any indication, the mere presence of simmering tonkotsu broth should bring flocks of ramen faithful. Miyako's menu will feature donburi bowls and a variety of appetizers — Ishitani says his gyoza will be homemade — in addition to five varieties of ramen. Beer and sake will also be included on the drinks menu.
The restaurant features a long noodle bar where guests will be able to watch the cooks work over high-BTU wok burners and enormous pots of water for boiling noodles and simmering broth. Additional booths and tables fill the long, narrow space and photos of temples from Ishitani's home town will grace the walls.
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Once open, Miyako will serve lunch and dinner from noon to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.