It seemed like only a matter of time before Austin's favorite ramen shop, Ramen Tatsu-Ya, made its way to the east side—and that time has come. This morning, the restaurant announced that it will be opening a location on East 6th Street in the former Qui space sometime this summer.
Like its other two Austin locations (plus one in Houston), the new Ramen Tatsu-Ya will feature cult favorites like the Tonkotsu Original and the Mi-So-Hot, plus its original lineup of snacks, sides and desserts. But there are a few differences, namely in the beverage program. Along with beer, wine and sake, the East Austin location will feature a full cocktail menu designed by beverage director Michael Phillips (who is also the beverage director at Kemuri Tatsu-ya, and who just picked up two awards at our 2018 Time Out Austin Bar Awards—one for best restaurant bar program, and one for most instagrammable cocktail). The location will also have late night hours on Friday and Saturday, providing another food option for hungry bar-hoppers.
Ramen Tatsu-Ya's east side spot is keeping the same structure designed by A Parallel Architecture, but will feature murals from Tokyo street graffiti artist ESOW, as well as artwork by Xavier Walker, Ross Loftin and Mila Sketch. They're already looking for new staff; anyone interested can apply here.
“We’re super stoked to be opening a ramen shop on the east side,” says chef/owner Tatsu Aikawa. “Come get your ramen trip on.” Oh, we will.