For the celebration of its first U.S. location, which opened just last week, Kinton Ramen will be offering 50 percent off ramen to guests all-day-long on May 28. The first 50 patrons in line that morning will receive a free bowl of ramen (add-ons are extra). Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Bringing the Kinton Ramen concept to the United States has always been part of the company’s growth plan. “It’s been my childhood dream to come to the U.S.,” says Founder and CEO James Hyunsoo Kim. Chicago specifically topped the Toronto-based company’s list of American cities due to its proximity to its headquarters and, more importantly, Chicagoans’ love of good food and community. That plays into the company’s plans for expansion in the U.S., including three more locations in Chicago by the end of 2019 with the East Coast up next.
Now, more importantly, the food, eighteen ramen add-ons, including Swiss Cheese allow diners to customize their meal as does the option of thin or thick noodles (look for gluten-free ones in the near future). Non-meat eaters can opt for Vegetarian Ramen, which includes crispy tofu and seasoned vegetables. U.S. diners will get an extra option as the Karaage Ramen joins the menu full-time, a Monday-only offering in Toronto, featuring choice of Shoyu or Spicy broth, topped with the brand’s signature Fried Chicken Karaage and scallions.