LINCOLN PARK — Strings Ramen is set to open its doors Thursday night with a few unique ramen options on its menu including ostrich meat.
The Lincoln Park Strings is located in an underground space with extensive woodwork, plants and Tokyo vibes that start when guests walk in the front door and are greeted by a DJ.
The neighborhood's newest ramen shop is the first Strings location outside of Chinatown.
"Strings purpose is to develop the ramen culture in Chicago, which has just started," said Mathias Rengert, general manager of Strings and Grasswood, the tea house on the second floor of the Strings space.
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Co-owner and chef Kee Chan said he hopes the ramen shop resembles those of Tokyo.
Strings, 1629 N. Halsted St. near the Steppenwolf Theatre, will start with a soft opening Thursday night at 5 p.m. and will remain open until 2 a.m.
During the soft opening weekend, the ramen shop will not be open for lunch.
The kitchen will be open from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Thursday and Sunday, and open until 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Lincoln Park Strings will be BYOB for the time being.
The Lincoln Park Strings will feature a number of new ramen styles that aren't offered at the Chinatown location as well as rice bowls and gyoza.
Lincoln Park specific ramen include: a Kinoko (mushroom) topping for a shoyu ramen broth, dacho (ostrich meat) for the shio ramen broth, kani tama (crab meat) topping on a miso ramen broth and dacho and kuro buta (pork belly) topping on a tonkotsu ramen.
Grasswood, a tea house operated by the same people behind Strings, also opens Thursday in the space directly above Strings.
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