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[Photos: Rachel Leah Blumenthal]

Get ready to slurp. YumeWoKatare could be opening as early as this Friday, according to owner Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who also owns five restaurants in Japan. The 16-seat restaurant, taking over the Zing! Pizza space in Porter Square, will supplement the neighborhood's existing healthy supply of ramen, and based on the recent fervor for Guchi's Midnight Ramen, more ramen is never a bad thing. In fact, the menu at YumeWoKatare is just ramen, and the choice is apparently pork or more pork: $12 gets you a bowl of ramen with two pieces of pork, and $14 gets you a bowl of "buta ramen" - "buta" means "pork" - with five pieces of pork. The broth itself is also pork-based, and other ingredients include cabbage and bean sprouts. Each customer over the age of 12 must order a minimum of one bowl, so don't even think about dragging your drunk-but-not-hungry friends to your late night ramen feast. And don't forget cash; plastic's not accepted.

YumeWoKatare means "talk about your dream," and it's not just a name. Nishioka actually wants customers to share their dreams. The blue walls are covered with picture frames in a variety of sizes, most still displaying IKEA-branded filler paper, but soon they'll be filled with customers' dreams. (Several frames are filled already, including one that contains all Japanese words except for a single word in English - "girlfriend.") Each frame is available for rental: pay $10 to display your dream in one of the smallest frames for a month, for example, or go for the giant frame if you've got $10,000 to spare. If you achieve your dream in the allotted time, Nishioka will reward you with prizes like a bowl of ramen or a t-shirt.

Aside from a small corner table with a lamp and stack of paper for customers who want to write down their dreams, YumeWoKatare has one communal table that seats 10 and a counter that seats 6. The current hours are 6 PM to 10 PM on Tuesdays through Saturdays (closed Sundays and Mondays), although the hours might eventually extend later.

· All coverage of YumeWoKatare on Eater [~EBOS~]