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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

While the Restaurant Is Being Built, Hapa Ramen's Doing More Pop-Ups

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 3:11 PM

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While we wait for Hapa Ramen's permanent location at 1527 Fillmore to open this summer, preview pop-up dinners will have to suffice. Chef-owner Richie Nakano said things are moving slowly because of permits.

The next one takes place next Tuesday at Wing Wings in the Lower Haight. At this dinner, Nakano will go beyond ramen to offer a variety of smaller items including something sauteed, something fried, and something raw (Nakano says that he doesn't have a menu set because he likes to "fly by the seat of his pants.")

click to enlarge Teaser from the last popup: potato chips and Thai beef salad.
  • Teaser from the last popup: potato chips and Thai beef salad.

Because of the small space, which has about 10 seats for guests, expect to-go friendly plates. The dinner is cash only, and you're free to bring your own beer. "Anyone who's been to our pop-ups before will see a different side of our food at these dinners," Nakano says. "We're trying to simplify things on our end. We used to get technique-heavy, but are now working toward giving guests more of what they want." He's planning future popups once a month; stay up to date with the restaurant's progress by following Hapa Ramen's Twitter feed.

Hapa Ramen Popup

Where: Wing Wings, 422 Haight (at Webster)

When: Tuesday, May 1, 6-10 p.m.

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