Los Angeles-based Jinya Ramen Bar, which now operates 12 locations across five states and Canada, is nearing an expansion to Atlanta. The restaurant will open at 5975 Roswell Road, Suite B217 in Sandy Springs, and a representative tells Eater Atlanta service will begin on Friday, June 10.
The Sandy Springs restaurant is part of an another round of growth for Jinya. Founder Tomonori Takahashi also hopes to open an Austin outpost and two restaurants in Washington, D.C., by the third quarter of this year. Takahashi opened the first Jinya in the Studio City area of Los Angeles in 2010. Before coming to the United States, he launched several eateries in Japan.
Takahashi's menu consists of "craveable and authentic broths and noodles," and he applies his own take to the cuisine with "non-traditional ingredients." A few of the ramen varieties Jinya has become known for include the tonkotsu black, with pork chashu, fried onion, and garlic oil; the cha cha cha, with garlic-tonkotsu broth, seasoned egg, bean sprouts, and fish powder; and the spicy creamy vegan, with vegetable broth, tofu, chili oil, and thick noodles.
"It's an exciting time for ramen lovers, and it's absolutely having a renaissance in the States, especially since Tsuta in Tokyo won the first-ever Michelin star for a ramen shop earlier this year," Takahashi said in a prepared statement. "To open restaurants in cities where ramen is still considered novel is very exciting. We look forward to introducing our distinct style of ramen to diners there for the first time."