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Thank you all for believing in us and for your enthusiastic support throughout our Kickstarter campaign.We know that the entire community has supported us, and we will pay you back by serving great ramen…  Yes, we are ready!
Thank you all for believing in us and for your enthusiastic support throughout our Kickstarter campaign.We know that the entire community has supported us, and we will pay you back by serving great ramen…  Yes, we are ready!
173 backers pledged $26,190 to help bring this project to life.

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About Gomen-Ramen 「ご麺ください」から愛を込めて

Gomen-Ramen is a new noodle shop with a Japanese bar.  The business idea of this ramen noodle shop is derived from our 10-year experience of serving food through Gomen-Kudasai Noodle Shop.  Gomen’s business concept was serving delicious and nutritious Japanese food which we could eat every day with joy, and enjoy healthy life.  

医食同源ですよね 

Gomen-Kudasai was a great place.  We served Udon and Soba noodle dishes as well as a variety of rice dishes and appetizers.  Rare sake and other alcohol drinks were served and the line-up of different kinds of teas and sweets was another speciality.  Because of our policy, no Gomen food contained MSG, and we never served GMO food.  Everything was real.  We cooked fresh organic vegetables delivered from local farms, Japanese products for authenticity were carefully selected, and organic products were used for main ingredients and seasonings.  We created many original recipes including desserts and drinks, and some of them became popular products later in the market.

The team of the owners/managers: ご無沙汰しています

Kazuma, a metal sculptor and Youko, an experienced graphic designer/executive chef, we never stopped pursuing improvement of our services.  As the result of that our work hours at Gomen-Kudasai exceeded too much more than feasible and the running cost became too much more than affordable.  We realized that the restaurant became unsustainable no matter how hard we work, and we had to make a decision of closing it.  We were very sad and felt guilty for our friends and customers.  We wanted to keep on feeding them all… HOWEVER we were considering the possibility of serving RAMEN noodles prior to the closing.  One time we arranged one day a week to serve ramen - "Ramen Night" on Tuesday.  We did intensive ramen research at that time and experimented different kinds of original ramen broth.  Thank you, Joe Cheung and Momo-san for your help.  The second time, we were going to open a small shop, "Go-Ramen" in downtown New Paltz.  We were very excited and went through all the necessary procedure, but it didn’t happen for some reasons!?  Now’s the third time truth!

Gomen-Ramen Floor Plan
Gomen-Ramen Floor Plan

WE ARE READY  再三チャレンジ、同じ麺でもらーめん屋さん

We found a dream location right on Broadway in midtown Kingston, perfect size space with big windows, surrounded by nice neighbor businesses.  UPAC (Ulster Performing Arts Center) is right in the next block.  I hope Willie Nelson performs there soon.  A huge municipal parking locates across the street.  We signed the lease, finished the business plan writing and finalized the floor plan.

We have completed the menus for both ramen bar and drinking bar.  Most of the necessary equipment are kept in the storage.  Our staff from Gomen-Kudasai are standing by for working together again.  WE ARE READY to start the new noodle shop business to serve delicious noodle soups for everyone - challenge our commitment to the community ONE MORE TIME.

When you see the floor plan, you will find many memories from Gomen-Kudasai: furnitures made by Kazuma, a stage for live performances, a place for gathering over good food and good music.  We are eager to bring back Gomen’s vibe as "Gomen-Ramen".  We worked very hard to come to this point.  The last thing we need is support from you, so please help us raising the funds.  If you could donate, that will be great.  If you could tell everyone in your network, that will be fantastic.  Your enthusiastic support for opening a new ramen shop will be deeply appreciated and rewarded.

Thank you so very much.  Let’s slurp together at Gomen-Ramen.

One Click away for your bowl
One Click away for your bowl

 Youko's FB page Kazuma's website 

 Gomen-Ramen FB page Gomen-Kudasai FB page 

正真正銘の正念場です。

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Credits

promo video production/Chiaki Hara, Sakura Kojima, Jaydree Scott, Christine Moon 

photo/Chiaki Hara

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges
By running another noodle shop in the next town, we have learned a lot about challenges and risks of managing restaurant business in the area. My biggest fear is the national economy and the climate changes. For the depressed economy, we have affordable price range for all customers, and reasonable overhead and lower running cost for us. We have connected with the business advisors and specialists in the industry and many local purveyors, so we receive non-stop and real time advices to get ready for changes. We are not alone to challenge these risks.

We believe in the power of real food and the bond to the community.
That is what we work for.

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    Taste of Gomen

    Please walk into the shop and let us know that you are a Kickstarter backer.
    Enjoy a bowl of Gomen ramen!

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    Arigato!

    You will enjoy 2 bowls of delicious Gomen ramen noodles. Please make sure to tell us your names. We will be thrilled to meet you!

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    You Are My Sunshine

    Will you come to Gomen-Ramen for 3 bowls of ramen noodles served with 3 drinks? You are going to brighten up our way to go!

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    OMG!

    Please enjoy 4 bowls of Gomen ramen and 4 drinks. In addition, we will reserve 2 party tickets to the Grand Opening Party!

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    Can Buy Me Love!

    Let us cater a ramen party for 8 people at our Japanese bar.
    Please talk to Youko for the details.

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    Take Me Home Tonight

    Youko will come to your home as a private chef and cook for 4 people. Your home should be in the Hudson Valley.
    Thank you so much for your wonderful support!

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    You Are My Everything...

    You will be invited to the Grand Opening Party as the VIP.
    6 party tickets will be reserved for the VIP hours.
    In addition, you & your partner/friend will be invited for a complete dinner at Gomen-Ramen once a month for a whole year.
    Your incredible support will be deeply appreciated.

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    It's Your Party!

    You and your partner will be invited to the Grand Opening Party as the VIP.
    The main reward will be a party for 30. Please select and invite 30 people to a private party at Gomen's Japanese Bar. All the food is on the house. We will prepare food from the original Gomen-Kudasai catering menu.
    We cannot thank you enough.

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    Let us attend your trip to Japan

    Next time when Youko and Kazuma go home, you will be invited for traveling with them. Expenses are not included in the reward.

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    Calling All Angels

    You are all my precious guardian angels.
    Please call Youko for your surprise reward.
    Thank you very very much.

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