Tatsu-ya in Montrose

Rumor no more: Acclaimed Austin restaurant joins Houston's ramen boom

Rumor no more: Acclaimed Austin restaurant joins Houston's ramen boom

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Ramen Tatsu-Ya has confirmed its plans to open in Houston. Ramen Tatsu-Ya/Facebook

Looks like Houston is in the midst of a mini-ramen boom. Fresh off that news that Hawaii-based AGU Ramen will open three Houston-area restaurants — the first of which opened Friday in the Energy Corridor — Austin restaurant Ramen Tatsu-Ya announced its plans to open a location in Montrose.

CultureMap first reported about Tatsu-Ya's plans in March, when the company purchased a property on California Street for its third location. No word on when exactly the restaurant will open, but it has begun the hiring process, which suggests it will be soon. McCray & Co., the design studio that built both of the company's Austin locations, is working on the Houston location, too. 

Ramen fans scarcely need an introduction to Ramen Tatsu-Ya. Since its opening in 2012, the restaurant has racked up accolades, including a spot on Bon Appetit editor Andrew Knowlton's list of America's best new restaurants in 2013. Credit for that success starts with the restaurant's broth, which takes as long as 60 hours to prepare.

In addition to AGU and Tatsu-Ya, California-based Jinya Ramen will add to its two Houston-area locations in Midtown and Webster with locations in Sugar Land, Katy, and Champions Village.