Red, white, and black signage has emerged on the storefront at 1390 South Colorado Boulevard, as Ajinoya Ramen, a new noodle house, prepares to open as early as next week. This location is the previous home of fast-casual Broken Rice, which closed in October.
The popular cuisine will come from the culinary minds behind Okinawa, a Japanese eatery on Colfax. This is the team’s first foray into ramen, and though the menu has yet to be solidified, the intent is to serve simple, authentic bowls of soup, poke, appetizers, and an array of beer, wine, and spirits, according to team member Scott Xie. Ajinoya, a Japanese term, most nearly means “house of taste.”
This is one of a handful of new ramen joints that have trickled into town serving the trendy fare in quaint neighborhood spaces and hip destinations alike.
The two-story Menya Ramen & Poke at 600 East Colfax opened in November 2017 — one of four restaurants by the same name throughout the metro area. Meanwhile, Kazan Ramen opened at 3901 Tennyson at the end of December, bringing performance art to its service with broth poured table-side to cook inside 300-degree Celsius stone bowls. Customers there should try the house shoyu ramen with pork broth and pork belly.