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New Boise ramen and ping pong restaurant ‘absolutely’ plans to open

When it does open, RamaPong plans to offer steaming bowls of quality ramen and hot games of table tennis in an 1,800-square-foot bar and restaurant.
When it does open, RamaPong plans to offer steaming bowls of quality ramen and hot games of table tennis in an 1,800-square-foot bar and restaurant. Shutterstock

The owners of Boise Fry Co. stirred up excitement last year when they announced that RamaPong would open in the basement below the restaurant at 204 N. Capitol Blvd. in the Adelmann Building.

Touted as “Boise’s, and possibly the country’s, first ramen/ping pong restaurant and bar,” it was slated to debut in late September 2016.

Fall came and went — and it didn’t open. Boise Fry Co. marketing director Andrew Hanebutt promised an update after I spoke to him again, but it’s proved elusive. So with summer now on the horizon, I picked up the phone once more today and did my best to corner him.

No more noodling around, buddy. Is RamaPong still coming?

“Absolutely,” Hanebutt says.

When? When? When?

“We are still looking for this year for sure,” Hanebutt says.

The building recently came under new ownership, he says. That factor — along with red tape involving planning with the city of Boise — have stalled the RamaPong dream.

Another thing to consider is that RamaPong essentially is a pet project for Boise Fry Co. The main focus is to open new Boise Fry Co. locations, Hanebutt explains.

“We’re probably opening two new stores next year,” he says. “I can definitely say one will be within the Treasure Valley, and one will possibly be outside of it.”

That’s positive news, right?

Boise Fry Co. has good intentions for ramen and pong enthusiasts. But, in retrospect, the trigger got pulled a bit early on announcing RamaPong. Hey, they got excited, all right?

Think of it this way: You have more time to practice your wicked serve.

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