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Honolulu ramen scene to expand

    Black garlic ramen is among the offerings at the Golden Pork Ton-Kotsu Ramen Bar.

Japan-based Ikka Dining Project will open its first-ever ramen bar in Honolulu March 29.

Ikka’s Hawaii-unit, Ikka Dining International, will open Golden Pork Ton-Kotsu Ramen bar at 1279 S. King St.

In addition to it being the company’s first ramen bar, the restaurant represents its first business venture in Hawaii.

Ikka officials believe the availability of tonkotsu-style ramen and tsukemen, or dipping noodles, paired with a focus on beer, sake, shochu, wine and other alcoholic beverages, will differentiate the business from others.

The interior was designed by a Tokyo-based firm that incorporated traditional iconic elements into a modern style.

“We are excited to establish our first restaurant in Hawaii, while sharing an authentic Japanese ramen bar experience with the residents of our favorite island retreat,” said Taro Takenaga, the 37 year-old president of IKKA Dining Project, in a statement.

When open, the restaurant will operate from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

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