A new ramen restaurant has some big shoes to fill as it prepares to open in a legendary location in the Cole neighborhood.
Ramen Corner will go before the city's liquor licensing authority on August 10 in hopes of operating a full bar and restaurant in the former Daddy Bruce's B-B-Q at 1629 E. Bruce Randolph Ave.
Owner Shi Bing Ke in May bought the property for $580,000 at the corner of Bruce Randolph and Gilpin. It has switched hands multiple times since 1998, when it sold from the Randolph family for $110,000.
"Daddy Bruce" Randolph, as he was known in the community, for decades handed out free Thanksgiving and holiday meals to the needy and homeless from his eponymous barbecue joint. Until his death in 1994, Randolph lived above the restaurant and dedicated much of his time volunteering and organizing within the community. He stopped cooking at the restaurant in 1993.