After months of anticipation and speculation, Goro & Gun, the restaurant that grew out of food truck The Modular, will open Friday for dinner service beginning at 4:00 p.m. At two preview dinners on Monday and Tuesday, chefs David Coffman and Matt Wommack presented a menu that shows the restaurant will be as much a modern Izakaya as a ramen shop; other dishes included scallop carpaccio, tempura fried short rib and fried chicken. Menus are still being finalizing, but co-owner Joshua Martinez expects the ramen to be priced in the $8-12 range.
In terms of the renovation, Martinez's guiding principle could best be desecribed as "do no harm." Every effort has been made to restore the historic building by removing exterior signage, revealing the original tile floor and exposing the brick walls. The interior's most dramatic feature is the floor-to-ceiling bar, where a library ladder means that bar manager Alexander Gregg and his team will have to climb to reach the "top shelf." Martinez's whimsical sense of humor, which lead him to name his restaurant after two characters in the Japanese ramen western Tampopo manifests itself in the taxidermy on the walls, including a lion, and the knick-knacks scattered on the bar's shelves.
For now, Goro & Gun will be open for dinner Monday through Saturday. Expect weekday lunch service to follow in the next two weeks or so.
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