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Ganko Ittetsu Ramen Is Moving Into Brookline's Arcade Building

A simple menu of noodles is coming with it.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen under renovation
Ganko Ittetsu Ramen under renovation
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An eclectic eatery with Thai food and all-day breakfast shuttered last month in Brookline's Arcade building, but a ramen shop with bowls of homemade noodles is getting ready to open in its place.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen will offer Ganko tonkotsu, dan-dan, and miso tonkotsu. The ramen will range from $11 - $12, according to a sample menu submitted with Ganko's licensing application. Appetizers will include pan-fried pork gyoza and quick-cured cucumber with sesame oil and garlic soy sauce.

The team behind Ganko Ittetsu Ramen includes Leonard Nomura, Mayumi Sengoku, and chef Ken Iwaoka, who was behind a regular ramen pop-up at the Harvard Square Osushi location. They haven't applied for an alcohol license yet, noting during the local hearing that they were awaiting state approval, but they intend to offer alcohol in the future.

The space housed MJ Ready for the past six years, before owners Jim and Mayuree Brown sold the restaurant in July. The Ganko team is taking on a couple renovations to the space on Harvard Street before it opens. They will install a new stovetop, build a counter with seating for five, paint the walls, and install a new light fixture, their common victualler application indicates.

When it does open, the small space inside the Arcade will have seating for 17. Ganko will also be the storefront that stays open the latest, with its licensing approved for service seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. (Most shops in the building close by 9 p.m.)

Keep tabs on the Coolidge Corner ramen shop on Facebook and Twitter as Ganko prepares to open soon.

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