Shoryuken chef and partner Will Richardson wins the Best Dish award at 2015's Broad Appétit. (Photo by: Jay Paul)
In a bit of sad news for Richmond ramen lovers, Shoryuken Ramen announced its closing on Facebook this morning.
"We would like to say THANK YOU for a great year as we announce Shoryuken Ramen at 900 W. Franklin is coming to an end on Saturday, 5/14!" the post read. "Turning that 'Little ramen pop-up that could' into a full-fledged restaurant was only possible with your support and we've had a blast!"
According to Shoryuken partner Sarah Choi, the lease on the space was up and the ramen-shop team decided not to renew. Shoryuken began as a pop-up, bringing bowls of ramen — both creative and traditionally inspired — to Scott's Addition's LUNCH during the course of its incredibly popular pop-up run. In spring of 2015, the restaurant opened on Franklin Street with the partnership of restaurateurs Josh and Jessica Bufford, and in the summer, chef and partner Will Richardson's hiyashi chuka took home Broad Appétit's Best Dish award.
The ramen shop's Franklin Street closure on May 14 leaves you just over six weeks to get in a final bowl or five, and, Richardson says, there's hope; he isn't sure what's next for Shoryuken, but he knows it's not the end: "Just so ya know, I'm not going anywhere."