Slurpin’ Ramen Bar, a Japanese eatery that got its start in the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, is expanding to Georgia with its first location outside of California.
The restaurant has secured a lease in the Alpharetta Crossing shopping center, at 11770 Haynes Bridge Road, a rep for Slurpin’ Ramen Bar this week confirmed with What Now Atlanta. Owner Eric Sohn hopes to open before winter 2022 in the former Starbucks space, the restaurateur said. “We have to build everything from scratch but the location is near my house, so I picked this space over an in-town outpost,” Sohn said. “I believe this can be our most successful location.”
Sohn, who moved from the West Coast to Suwanee three years ago, plans on opening at least five Slurpin’ Ramen Bar restaurants over the next five years in the Atlanta metro area. “I’ve worked hard to make good food,” Sohn said. “I’ve been a Japanese chef for over 20 years. I’m proud of the food and our service.”
“Slurpin’ ramen was created from ambition to bringing authentic Hakata-style rich, thick and creamy tonkotsu ramen to California,” according to the restaurant’s website. “Slurpin’ derives from Japanese culture in showing respect to your ramen chef with a loud ‘slurp’ sound from eating the noodles and broth. Loud slurping may seem different in the U.S., but in Japan it is considered rude not to slurp!”
In addition to its flavorful broth, Slurpin’ makes its ramen noodles in-house and offers patrons a “huge assortment of different toppings to create an unforgettable ramen pairing and experience.” Slurpin’ has four existing California locations, according to its website, including the aforementioned Koreatown outpost, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, and City of Industry.