AFURI Ramen is opening its second Los Angeles location this fall at 9300 Culver Boulevard at The Culver Steps.
The store will be owned by Mars Duan who also heads the Art’s District AFURI on Mateo Street.
AFURI CEO Taichi Ishizuki says there is no firm opening date, but he predicts a fall debut for the Culver outpost. The concept also has locations in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon.
AFURI, named after Mt. AFURI located on the east edge of the Tanzawa mountains in Kanagawa prefecture, is a semi-upscale ramen project that aims for higher standards, boasting house-pickled veggies, excellent service, and a concise yet sophisticated menu.
The Japan-born eatery opened its first US store in 2016 and has remained intent on using ramen as a means of education and growth. Per its website, AFURI champions sustainability with the hopes of enriching communities and the people within them through community involvement, job opportunities, training, and so much more.
While AFURI offers diners a variety of Japanese fare like small plates and desserts, they specialize in two things: delicate ramen made with charcoal-grilled pork and yuzu (a small yellow citrus fruit native to Asia) and hand-crafted dumplings with a crunch. Guests can also order beer, wine, sake, and Japanese whiskey flights.