A new ramen and karaoke bar is in the process of setting up shop in downtown Storrs Center. Its owners, third semester psychology student Jason Poon and his family, have owned around eight restaurants over the years and have been outspoken critics of Daddy’s Noodle Shop’s delayed opening.
The currently unnamed restaurant is slated to occupy the storefront left vacated by Tang Karaoke and BBQ, across the street from the Amazon store. Opening day is tentatively set for the end of October, but the timeframe is currently uncertain, according to Poon.
In April, Poon told the Daily Campus that he was disappointed in Daddy’s Noodle Shop and “was expecting it to be open by now.” He said that he hopes to have his restaurant open as soon as possible for students to experience authentic ramen.
“(Daddy’s Noodle Shop) originally tried to open in January and they still haven’t opened,” Poon said. “For us, there’s not much building left to do, so I think we’ll actually be opening up soon.”
According to Poon, the format of the restaurant will slightly change, keeping part of the karaoke aspect while allowing for an open ramen kitchen.
“We’re going to be tearing down two of the walls, keeping only two of the karaoke rooms to make room for the ramen chef in the front,” Poon said. “The front of the shop is going to have glass doors so you can see our main chef making the ramen himself. He has to pull the noodles, so you’ll be able to see him making the noodles fresh in front of you.”
As for the chef, Poon said he will be expertly trained in making authentic Chinese ramen.
“The chef we’re going to be bringing in has 18 years experience making ramen in China,” Poon said. “He knows what he’s doing.”
When asked how his ramen will be different than the other Asian fare offered on campus, Poon said it’s all about authenticity.
“It’s hard for me to have authentic Chinese food around here,” Poon said. “All the other places on campus are just serving Americanized Chinese food. The authenticity of our noodles is going to set us apart on campus. It’s going to be much more genuine.”
Poon said he’s excited for the restaurant to open and for students of all cultures to experience the noodles they have to offer.
“I know the campus has a lot of Asian students so hopefully this is something that they’ll like as well. And pretty much everyone just likes noodles.”
Andrew Miano is a campus correspondent/staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.