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55 Restaurant & Bar Will Shutter To Make Way For Nao Ramen House

There’s a new noodle spot on the way to Rice Village

This killer patio will soon have a new tenant
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If you’ve been craving a new option for a piping hot bowl of ramen, a new Rice Village restaurant will definitely fit the bill.

Houstonia reports that 55 Bar & Restaurant will close its doors in the coming weeks to make way for Nao Ramen House, a new Japanese concept from Tarakaan’s Piran Efshani. Efshani will enlist Tarakaan chef Rob Frias, formerly of Nara Sushi, to develop a “straightforward” menu for the new ramen spot.

The restaurant will offer four different types of ramen broth — miso, chicken, beef, and tonkotsu — which can be topped with a variety of 25 different garnishes, ranging from pickled onions to soft shell crab. Yakitori skewers will be grilled on the space’s expansive patio, along with a selection of small plates like fried chicken wings.

55 Bar & Restaurant is still open, for now. The restaurant will close in the “next couple of weeks” so that Efshani and his partners can begin construction on Nao Ramen House. No opening timeframe has been announced as of yet.