One-time takoyaki shop Maru Global (which resided in the space that's now Cheu Noodle Bar) closed its doors in 2012, but it had plenty of admirers. The owners, chef Ryo Igarashi and his then-wife Nicole, tried to reopen in a couple of forms, but a string of personal setbacks (including a pretty terrifying head injury) have kept Igarashi's name out of most of our mouths ever since.
Until today, that is: Igarashi is on the comeback trail, reports Drew Lazor for the Daily News, and his plans are plenty splashy. He'll open the doors at Ronin Kitchen next week as a sort of perma-pop-up, debuting an experimental new menu for each of six weeks, and serving each for just three pre-ticketed nights.
Lazor explains that Ronin will serve as a menu-testing ground for Igarashi's next planned venture, a permanent restaurant that he hopes to launch with his new business partner, developer Kevin Wong. Ronin will feature a ticketing system, similar to that of Volver—though at a significantly more accessible price of $53 per person. That price doesn't include the tip, and the dinners are BYOB.
Each week's "eclectic Asian" menu will be posted to the site to preview before you purchase your tickets. Tickets are already on sale for the first week's dinners, which are on April 10, 11, and 12. Be sure to read Lazor's full piece for a detailed profile of Igarashi and all he's been up recently, as well as the significance of the restaurant's name.
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