About this project
Opening in February 2015, Furious Spoon will be a fast casual Tokyo-style ramen shop in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. The owners and operators are Michelin Star chef Shin Thompson and Anshul Mangal and Mario Ponce owners of Takito Kitchen in Wicker Park and Bar Takito in West Loop). The funding that is raised via Kickstarter will be used to add additional design elements to the restaurant.
The restaurant will give Chicagoans a chance to experience a more Tokyo-style ramen experience with chef-driven food in a fast casual setting. Affordable prices, late night hours and a focus on eating the ramen fast (or "furiously") all reflect characteristics of a typical ramen shop in Tokyo. Most of the ramen bowls cost near $7. Similar to Japanese ramen shops, customers will order and pay at the counter, receive a ticket and have their ramen brought to their table. Customers can watch bowls being prepared by grabbing a seat at the ramen bar – a sunken bar facing the open kitchen – another feature akin to Japanese concepts.
Chef Shin will also educate customers how ramen is eaten in Tokyo. He will recommend that customers slurp up the ramen in 10 minutes or less for the best taste. Ramen noodles continue to cook in the hot broth they are served in and can overcook if the ramen is not eaten at a “furious” speed.
FOOD & DRINK
The menu will consist of four (4) types of ramen: (1) vegetable, (2) chicken, (3) pork, and (4) special. A variety of toppings that a guest may add on will be available. In addition, there will be several small plates and appetizers to choose from such as buttermilk karage chicken or housemade gyoza. Chef Shin’s signature ramen style will be known for its unusual bold flavors. The beverage program will be very limited and will feature a few Japanese beers and sake.
DESIGN & SPACE
The décor will be humble and inviting and will use elements of thin strips of wood and natural characteristics of the existing interior. Creative and inexpensive solutions such as reclaimed wood and rusted metal accents will be used to achieve interior and exterior design elements to fit the neighborhood. Furious Ramen will resemble a dive bar, and the décor will need to look rugged and somewhat dingy to reflect an authentic Tokyo-style ramen shop. Furious spoon will require approximately 1300 square feet. Roughly half of the space will be dedicated to food preparation space and kitchen, which will house a vintage ramen noodle machine imported from Japan. The other half will be dining space for less than 50 guests.
Risks and challenges
We plan on opening in early February. The opening date may be delayed, however, if there are any issues obtaining a liquor license. We have scheduled our liquor license inspections for early January and, therefore, have ample time to overcome any obstacles that may arise during inspection.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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