"Irashaimasen!" a traditional Japanese greeting which means "welcome to our store," is the first thing guests will hear when they walk into Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya. This is the first Midwest location for Kizuki (formerly Kukai Ramen & Izakaya), opened for lunch and dinner daily at 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Wicker Park on Friday, March 4. Their goal is to provide Chicagoans with a taste of authentic Japanese ramen without having to fly to Tokyo for the experience.
Founded in 2003 in Japan, Kookai Ramen grew to over 20 locations
in Tokyo and was then brought over to the United States in 2012 as Kukai
Ramen & Izakaya. In order to achieve greater flexibility in
entering upcoming new markets, the brand name was later changed to
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya in December 2015.Kizuki currently has four locations in the Pacific Northwest including three in Washington and one in Oregon.