Flickr photo of Hapa Ramen from Umamimart.
Richie Nakano of ~HAPA RAMEN~ has been searching for a permanent location for some time, and when he found it a few months ago, I had to keep that info under lock and key. Now that the lease is signed, it’s time to let that cat out of the bag! He’s going to be opening ~HAPA~ (not Hapa Ramen, just Hapa) next door to the upcoming State Bird Provisions from Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski on Fillmore Street.
The space will have an open kitchen and 28 seats (almost all counter seating, with just a few small tables); the menu will feature his trademark ramen, plus sandwiches during the day, and in the evening a variety of appetizers (about six or so) will be in the mix, similar to what he’s been doing at his Monday night pop-up dinners at Bar Tartine. He had his last pop-up dinner at Bar Tartine last night, so he might do his dinners in another venue until the Hapa opening gets closer. The Hapa Ramen stand at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Fridays will remain, business as usual! Hapa’s target date is May 2012. Hours to start will be daily 11am-11pm. And there will also be takeout, score. 1527 Fillmore St. at Geary.