Daddy’s Coming Pho Real: Daddy’s noodle shop to open in Storrs Center


Daddy’s Noodle Shop will be replacing FroyoWorld this January in Storrs Center and serving authentic ramen noodles. (Creative Commons/Shubert Ciencia)

Daddy’s Noodle Shop will be replacing FroyoWorld this winter, according to its owner and University of Connecticut undergraduate student, Henry Duong.

“It’s a family restaurant targeted (at) students,” Duong said. “You kind of picture a family cooking the noodles and that’s how we got the name. We want to bring a family-vibe experience to Storrs.”

The restaurant will be opening in January of 2018, just in time for the cold weather, Duong said. The restaurant is still in the early stages of planning, but more details about the format of the shop will be decided soon.

“There will be a menu of several different choices of pho-based or chicken-based broth, and you kind of just make your own,” Duong said. “It’s going to be more of an authentic experience.”

Daddy’s Noodle Shop will be different than other noodle venues around campus, Duong said.

“Our ramen is going to taste much more authentic than the quick ramen you’d find elsewhere. The food is going to be homemade, really cared for,” Duong said.

Duong said the restaurant will offer an intensive ramen bowl with the broth cooked for hours.

“Our uniqueness will hopefully cater both to the university and the community as a whole,” Duong said.

Many students around campus are excited to hear about a new ramen bar, including first-semester psychology major Jason Poon.

“I’m very excited for an authentic noodle shop to be coming to campus,” Poon, who lives right outside of New York City, said. “I miss the authentic ramen I would find back home and am hopeful that this new ramen bar will be just as genuine.”

Duong also voiced his hope that students who have never been introduced to traditional ramen will find his new restaurant welcoming.

“We want to be an open space that all different types of people can come and enjoy the different styles of ramen and culture.” Duong said. “We want it to be a positive experience for everyone who walks through our doors.”

Duong said that the January opening date will be good timing for the restaurant.

“Our ramen bowls will be perfect in the cold winter months when you’re looking for something to warm you up,” Duong said.

Andrew Miano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at

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