Kinton Ramen, a popular Japanese ramen restaurant concept that has taken Canada, Japan, South Korea and now the U.S. by storm, will open its second Chicago location this November in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood at 1426 North Milwaukee Avenue. Conceived by Founder James Hyunsoo Kim in collaboration with Executive Chef Aki Urata, Kinton Ramen Wicker Park is dedicated to the uncompromising pursuit to serve the best quality noodles and broth paired with energetic and friendly service. The 2,100-square-foot Kinton Ramen Wicker Park features 54 main dining room seats and 11 open-kitchen bar seats with a modern, minimalist vibe that highlights complementary textures of blond wood, powder-coated metal and stainless steel throughout.
“We are elated to begin warmly welcoming and serving the residents and visitors of Wicker Park in Chicago this November,” says Kinka Family founder and chief executive officer James Hyunsoo Kim. “With our first U.S. restaurant having such resounding success in West Loop, we are certain that Chicago is the perfect market for us to grow and flourish. The dining scene in this city is unmatched and the entire Kinton Ramen team has worked diligently to create a menu and experience for guests that highlights delicious food, energetic and upbeat style with friendly service.”
With more than 20 years of experience, Urata has developed Kinton Ramen Wicker Park’s menu to create the highest quality ramen experience begins with the foundation of every bowl of ramen, the broth, which is made from scratch daily. At Kinton Ramen Wicker Park, which serves lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., pork and chicken broth are cooked for at least 20 hours to create the five delicious styles served: Original, Shoyu, Miso, Spicy Garlic and Spicy Jalapeno, which each include accompanying slices of pork belly that are torched for added caramelization and flavor or juicy chicken breast slices. Several shareable plates also available including Kimuchi, Takowasabi, Salmon Tataki, Ton Ton Don, Edamame, Ikapiri and the restaurant’s famous original and spicy Karaage.
Kinton Ramen Wicker Park offers an inventive beverage program includes several offerings that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s traditional and modern cuisine. The menu features Kinton Yuzu Lemonade, Sapporo, hot and cold house sake, Japanese food-friendly wines and a plethora of creative cocktails such as Matcha Colada and Panache.
“We are already great fans of Chicago’s established respect and taste for Japanese cuisine,” says Paul Lee, Kinton Ramen Director of United States Operations. “It has been a dream for our team to bring Kinton Ramen to the U.S. and the journey ahead looks promising, with several more locations in the works in Chicago and other areas of the country. Our team looks to serve people happiness the way we best know how: with phenomenally great ramen.”