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Remember RamaPong, the Boise ramen restaurant and ping pong bar? Um, service error

RamaPong has been shelved, but Ramen Sho opened recently in Downtown Boise at 150 N. 8th. Pictured is the restaurant’s tonkotsu ramen.
RamaPong has been shelved, but Ramen Sho opened recently in Downtown Boise at 150 N. 8th. Pictured is the restaurant’s tonkotsu ramen. Statesman file

Ever had an idea so brilliant that you had to blurt it out immediately?

That’s sort of what happened to the folks at Boise Fry Co., who hailed RamaPong as “Boise’s, and possibly the country’s, first ramen/ping pong restaurant and bar.”

A press release last year touted the soon-to-open hangout below Boise Fry Co. at 2094. N. Capitol Blvd.

But the project got delayed. And now, despite the initial ballyhoo, RamaPong officially has been put on hiatus.

“At this point, it looks we are going to mainly stay focused on the restaurant and financial expansion of Boise Fry Co. in and around Idaho for the foreseeable future,” marketing director Andrew Hanebutt says.

I think I speak for all of us when I say ... #$%*!!!

Dang, I mean.

There was considerable reader interest when I wrote about RamaPong’s planned September 2016 opening. Enthusiasm remained solid when Hanebutt updated the project saying they were still looking to open in 2017 “for sure.”

But various factors stalled RamaPong, including new ownership of the Adelmann Building, red tape involving planning with the city of Boise, and Boise Fry Co. expansion.

There’s no need to paddle anyone over the disappointing news. Nobody wanted RamaPong become a reality more than Hanebutt.

“I think we hit a gold mine idea with RamaPong,” he says, “and I hope to revisit it again in a year or two depending on a few circumstances. ... Did we jump the gun on this, maybe, but, hey, we are a bunch of dreamers over here!”

In the meantime, grab some take-out noodles from new Boise ramen shop Ramen Sho. We’ll get a ping-pong tournament going at your house.

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