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New Ramen Sho restaurant adds flavor to Downtown Boise

Boise’s first dedicated ramen shop has arrived.

Ramen Sho, 150 N. 8th St., suite 217, plans to open at 11 a.m. Monday, May 22, in the former Shige Japanese Steakhouse location on the second level of Capitol Terrace.

Specializing in “bonafide Japanese noodles,” Ramen Sho’s menu will highlight ramen bowls and offer Japanese appetizers. The restaurant also will sell beer and wine.

Co-owner Yuji Hirose, who has witnessed firsthand the popularity of ramen shops in Tokyo, thinks the Treasure Valley is primed for his restaurant.

“I want to make ramen as the next comfort food in the West,” he says. “You know, ‘Pizza, burgers — oh, ramen!’ ... It’s happened in Japan. Ramen is everywhere. They eat day and night. Kids and the old.”

Ramen Sho’s slow-cooked broth is chicken- and pork-based, and features more than 20 ingredients. Ramen (with the exception of veggie) comes with sliced pork belly, soft-boiled egg, bean sprout, spinach and green onion.

Feeding the late-night crowd after the bars close on weekends is a possibility in the future, Hirose said.

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