They had been Austin’s to start with brick-and-mortar ramen shop. Now beloved, Ramen Tatsu-Ya is educating the city about Japanese foodstuff 1 slurp at a time.
AUSTIN, Texas — As part of KVUE’s celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Thirty day period, we visited well-known ramen shop Ramen Tatsu-Ya for a taste of daring society and illustration.
“There was a ton of confusion when I would inform persons that I was likely to open up up a ramen shop. They assume it’s the instantaneous ramen,” mentioned Takuya “Tako” Matsumoto, co-proprietor and govt chef of Ramen Tatsu-Ya. “Component of what we experienced to do and what we’re even now attempting to do is educate people on ramen. That in all probability ties into Japanese culture.”
With the lack of illustration for Japanese society in Austin, the group guiding Ramen Tatsu-Ya felt they experienced a obligation to make one thing they desire they would’ve experienced increasing up.
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“The absence of the culture variety of manufactured us want to be hypersensitive. By our to start with opening, we observed a scurrying of [a] compact Japanese population,” said Shion Aikawa, husband or wife and senior vice president of culture for Ramen Tatsu-Ya. “We noticed a kid consume ramen for the initially time in this article in the States. That was a tremendous prideful second.”
Due to the fact the opening of Ramen Tatsu-Ya, the staff has opened a number of dining places with various nuances of Japanese cuisine, which includes Kemuri Tatsu-ya, Tiki Tatsu-Ya and DipDipDip Tatsu-Ya. And Austin is loving them!
“There was a ton of satisfied clients who were being genuinely, really into it and pretty grateful. That truly pushed us to continue to keep going and continue to keep receiving much better,” Matsumoto mentioned.
To discover more about Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s story, observe them on Instagram. To slurp up some of their delectable ramen, check out one particular of their 3 Austin places: 1234 South Lamar Blvd., 1600 E. Sixth St. or 8557 Exploration Blvd.