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Andersonville’s New Hip-Hop Ramen Restaurant Gets Ready To Open

When Executive Chef Shin Thompson opened his first restaurant in Chicago, he channelled his grandfather’s spirit who also owned a ramen shop in the small port town of Hokkaido, Japan. Years later Thompson is ready to open his seventh location in Andersonville.

Furious Spoon at 5406 N. Clark will not be your typical ramen shop. The vibe is unapologetically urban and the food sometimes takes flavors not often found in your typical bowl of noodles. The space is a smaller than his other stores (about 1000 sq. ft) and will be a quick service eatery where one orders food at the counter and then brought to your table once prepared. They will be able to sit about 25 inside in addition to a  small outdoor patio in the front.

“It’s an energetic, fun atmosphere,” said Thompson. “It’s not a place you are going to hang out at for two hours but rather a place where you can get a quick, delicious meal. If you’re really busy you can get a bowl in about five minutes.”

Chef Thompson says that he plans a couple new options at the Andersonville restaurant. For the opening, they are introducing a chicken dumpling that is boiled in a special soup with fried green beans. People can also expect to find many of the signature dishes made popular at the other locations which include home-made noodles which are made on site.

Inside Furious Spoon there will be a fun, youthful ambiance. Known for the hip-hop sounds playing throughout the eateries, the music will be playing in the background at the Andersonville location as well. The walls have been decorated by graffiti artist Nina Palomba who was flown in from LA to tag the new location.

“Our feel is hip-hop ramen. A lot of people do not know it but Hip-hop is really big in Japan and of course… so is ramen,” Thompson added. “So we wanted to combine the two. The graffiti helps makes it.”

The price point will be a little more than your typical fast food but cheaper than a full service dinner plate. With bowls starting off at $8.95, they usually do not exceed $15.

They are expecting to open mid to late April.


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