Ken Ken Ramen; Yelp photo by Genevieve Y.
~KEN KEN RAMEN~ is already trying out some soft opening nights in their new brick-and-mortar space in the Mission, previously mentioned here. They plan to be fully open in a week or two, but will only be serving three or maybe four nights a week, Thu-Sat (maybe Sun) 6pm-10pm or 11pm (hours TBD). The 49-seat restaurant will be focused on serving five kinds of ramen (including miso, shoyu, and vegan) with a few appetizers, plus a special ramen each month, like a Hokkaido version with crab, or one with miso butter. Follow them on Twitter for updates on soft opening nights and more. 3378 18th St. at Mission, 415-967-2636
Meanwhile, permits reveal some activity for downtown’s ~KATANA-YA~: ends up they are currently constructing a separate private dining room (with a kitchen) just a few doors down. The size is TBD, but they hope to open the space in early 2012. (There is a private dining room downstairs from the main location with room for 10, but this new PDR will be a bit larger.) 422B Geary St. at Mason.