After more than 8 years, the incredible run of Ivan Ramen Tokyo is moving into its final phase. Although Ivan Ramen will be closing, I’m happy to say that my long time chef and manager, Hisao Matsumoto will officially take over the shop. He has yet to reveal the name or his menu, but after working side by side for five years, I’m confident it will be great.
Please join me on December 5th and 6th from 12-5 pm (or until the noodles run out) I will be at the shop to serve my final bowls, hang out with my customers old and new and officially pass the torch.
This has been an exciting journey and it would never have been possible without the support of the Rokkakoen community and all of the fabulous customers who have made the trek to my shop. Your support here is what made Ivan Ramen all that it is. I’ve been humbled by the acceptance I enjoyed and thank all the people who helped me realize my dreams.
I am excited to say that my adventure will continue in America with the expansion of Ivan Ramen, and some amazing new projects that are also in the works. I will now put my full focus on my continued mission to expose America to ramen and the traditions I have learned in Japan. I will be back in Japan frequently to pursue new projects, find inspiration and just hang out.
Thank you for an incredible decade. I’ll see you in the states at my other shops.