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Ramen Suzukiya Hiring Now, Might Finally Open June 13

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Noodle testing is well underway.

The area behind owner Katsuaki Suzuki is intended to be a community art wall.
The area behind owner Katsuaki Suzuki is intended to be a community art wall.
All photos: Adam H. Callaghan

At long last, Ramen Suzukiya has passed its inspections and acquired a business permit. Chef/owner Katsuaki Suzuki told Eater the last piece missing for the long-delayed restaurant is a Certificate of Occupancy, withheld due to a newly discovered crack in the facade of the building. If it's repaired in time, Suzuki wants to open for in-house dining Saturday, June 13 — takeout service will begin July 1. He's seeking at least one hire for front of house and another for back of house.

ramen suzukiya int kitchen preview

The noodle shop at 229 Congress Street can seat 13 indoors: eight at a large communal table, five at a bar facing the window. There will be four to six seats outside. Suzuki said he feels comfortable in the kitchen, and has been proofing batches of white wheat (for hot ramen) and whole wheat (for cold ramen, as it "has more wheat flavor," Suzuki explained) noodles in the fridge. Kale noodle dough is also kicking around. Ready for more ramen, Portland?

ramen suzukiya noodles preview