California-based ramen restaurant chain Jinya Ramen Bar is cropping up in two Houston areas. One will be in Midtown (3201 Louisiana), a neighborhood with a dedicated ramen shop deficit and an abundance of bars; the other future home to Jinya is in the Webster area (18299 Egret Bay Blvd.), where Jim Wang had previously planned to launch Ichibon Japanese Seafood and Steakhouse. The Midtown Jinya Ramen outpost will be between pizza place Piola and just-opened seafood restaurant Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar. While the small space has been under construction for months, it will actually end up debuting after the Webster branch, sometime this fall. As for the Webster Jinya, a source tells Eater it should be open by August 11. (Here's a peek inside, courtesy of Ramen in Common founder Carl Rosa.)
The chain, which started Robata Jinya in Tokyo, has since opened a few locations around the country, but this will be its first foray into our newly ramen-crazed city. For now, locals can try newer ramen joints that include Ninja Ramen, Tiger Den, Ramen Jin and upcoming Samurai Noodle. Then, of course, there are the old standbys that have been serving up consistently good bowls of ramen for years: Soma on Washington and Kata Robata in Upper Kirby.
· Jinya Ramen Bar [Official Site]