It was one of those weird Twitter things that happened – one tweet, a couple of retweets, and the next thing you know, everyone in Richmond was talking about ramen.
Shoryuken Ramen, that is, – a pop-up ramen concept that seemed to come out of nowhere one slow Friday and by the end of the weekend, Richmond foodies were all calling each other, asking who knew what about this new ramen thing.
It seemed new because it is new.
Will Richardson, a Richmond chef who grew up in the restaurant business, started Shoryuken Ramen a few months ago.
“The way we really started was the way a band starts – just a group of friends sitting around talking,” Richardson said.
Richardson, along with wife Eva Blake and friends (and kitchen helpers) Tyler Truxell and Matt Rettenwald, saw a lack of good ramen in Richmond, so they started hosting dinner parties for friends, where they perfected their recipes.
Richardson said the first “pop-up” was attended by maybe six people, but the concept quickly caught on and they’ve served for as many as 30 in private homes.
But on Monday, April 21, Shoryuken Ramen is taking their concept mainstream with their first pop-up inside a restaurant, at The Rogue Gentlemen (618 N. 1st St.) restaurant in Jackson Ward.
Richardson said the folks at The Rogue Gentlemen reached out to him one day and invited him to come do it.
The Rogue Gentlemen owner John Maher said he found out about Shoryuken through social media and connected with Richardson.
“Everything said ‘real deal’ to me,” Maher said. Read More