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Modular Man Joshua Martinez plans ramen noodle shop: Let the downtown re-revitalization begin!

Modular Man Joshua Martinez plans ramen noodle shop: Let the downtown re-revitalization begin!

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Joshua Martinez, who ran the popular Modular food truck, is taking his operation brick-and-mortar with ramen shop Goro & Gun. Photo by Nick Nugent/The modular/Facebook
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The new restaurant will be located in the heart of what appears to be a downtown foodie renaissance. Photo by Tyler Rudick
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For the name of the cafe, Martinez borrowed character names from Tampopo, a Japanese cult classic about a ramen chef. Poison Whiskey
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Scene from Tampopo Posh, Broke & Bored
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Look for a new bar from cocktail master Justin Burrows coming to the space with the balcony in March. Photo by Tyler Rudick
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Goro & Gun, Joshua Martinez, Modular
Tampopo, movie poster, ramen noodles
Tampopo, ramen noodles, movie scene
Goro & Gun, Joshua Martinez, Modular

Well, the cat's out of the bag . . . After months of keeping its location a secret, recent articles on Joshua Martinez' Goro & Gun appear to place the forthcoming ramen shop at 306 Main between Congress and Preston.

With ramen fever gripping every major American city for years now, the Bayou City has been late to the Japanese noodle party, leaving local foodies scratching their heads as the Houston culinary scene continues to garner national recognition.

Martinez will be the first to throw his hat into the ramen ring and he's brought some heavy-hitters to ensure it makes a lasting  impression.

Martinez, owner of the popular The Modular food truck, will be the first to throw his hat into the ramen ring and he's brought some heavy-hitters to ensure it makes a lasting impression. 

Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse of Grand Prize/Big Star fame are signed on as business partners, while former Katsuya chef David Coffman and Revival Market alum Matt Wommack are set to run the kitchen.

Martinez did not immediately return requests for comment about the new restaurant.

Eater released a series of interior photos on Monday showing a narrow space with original vintage tile and exposed brick walls. The owners hope to accommodate roughly 65 guests at tall tables, banquettes and a long bar. A full liquor license has been approved, so expect cocktails along with craft beer and saki.

Thanks to Moore and Rouse, Downtown's Market Square Park area is shaping up to become one of the city's newest food and drink destinations. The duo helped make OKRA's Charity Saloon a reality in December and have a bar project with cocktail hero Justin Burrow scheduled to open next door to Goro & Gun in late March.