Shoryuken Ramen’s path in Richmond has been an unconventional one. A well-attended series of pop-ups at Lunch lead to a popular brick-and-mortar spot and new business partners. But when the team somewhat cryptically announced that the 900 W. Franklin St location would close in mid-May, it sent shockwaves through ramen lovers around the city. It just didn’t seem to make sense.
Under the leadership of Sarah Choi, the staff at Shoryuken marches toward their final bowl, to be served on May 14th. Meanwhile, Will Richardson, largely assumed to be the driving force behind the ramen shop, is looking toward his next project.
Mondays in June, Richardson will introduce a new series of pop-ups (back at Lunch) called Shoryuken Naam, tying together Richardson’s southern upbringing and Chinese heritage, with part of the proceeds benefitting the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Meanwhile the rest of the ramen ninjas will be heading on to new jobs, thanks to efforts made by Choi and partners Jessica and Josh Bufford, while waiting for the giant ramen signal to once again shine in the night sky.