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New Boise restaurant and bar plans to serve ramen and ping pong. Yep! It’s back on!

The more ramen, the merrier: This tonkotsu ramen is from Ramen Sho restaurant, which opened in Downtown Boise in 2017 but now operates at 520 S. Main St. in Meridian.
The more ramen, the merrier: This tonkotsu ramen is from Ramen Sho restaurant, which opened in Downtown Boise in 2017 but now operates at 520 S. Main St. in Meridian. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Back in 2016, I wrote about RamaPong, modestly predicting it would be possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in Downtown Boise.

Trouble is, it never happened. The basement hangout was supposed to open in September of that year. Boise Fry Co. even issued a press release championing it as “Boise’s, and possibly the country’s, first ramen/ping pong restaurant and bar.”

Then, without warning, the project fizzled. It went on hiatus.

All of Boise wept.

But now, like a weak ping-pong serve returned with extra topspin, RamaPong is BACK.

Boise Fry Co. marketing director Andrew Hanebutt says the project is working through red tape with the city before construction transforms the basement of the Adelmann Building at 204 N. Capitol Blvd.

Boise Fry Co. isn’t ready to announce anything, but it’s looking like a realistic opening time for RamaPong is spring, Hanebutt says.

That would be awesome.

For a short time, Downtown Boise wasn’t as ramen-starved as it was in 2016. Ramen Sho opened in 2017 at 150 N. 8th St. on the second level of Capitol Terrace but closed in late spring of this year. (Ramen Sho opened a Meridian restaurant in April.)

So the idea behind RamaPong remains super appealing — at least to me. It’s hard not to get excited.

Ping-pong tables. Beers. Bellies full of hot, delicious ramen?

When exactly will it open again?

“I’m trying to be very vague,” Hanebutt says with a laugh. “I’m hesitant after last time. And I don’t want to disappoint everyone again.”

Dude. As long as RamaPong gets open, all is forgiven.

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