Downtown location announced for new ramen shop

Jun. 23, 2014 @ 11:32 AM

The new ramen noodle shop and Japanese gastropub Dashi is slated to open this winter in a three-story building downtown at 415 E. Chapel Hill St.
The owners of the proposed new restaurant and bar announced the location of their new venture Monday.
Dashi is a joint venture between the owners of the downtown Italian sandwich shop Toast and the owners of The Cookery, a commercial kitchen with space where food entrepreneurs have space to prepare and store food.
“In order to have a bustling ramen shop, in addition to a vibrant late-night izakaya scene, we definitely wanted to be located in downtown Durham,” said Rochelle Johnson, a co-owner of The Cookery
Johnson said construction is expected to start within the next few weeks on the building on East Chapel Hill Street.
The plan is to have the ramen shop downstairs, oriented around a live-action kitchen.
The bar, a Japanese gastropub called an izakaya, will be on the second floor. It will be accessible by a flight of stairs to the right of the restaurant entryway.
It will serve the Japanese alcoholic beverages sake and shochu as well as craft cocktails, wine, beer, local beer and small plates.
The basement houses the main prep kitchen, office, and storage space, according to Johnson.
The building was built in 1915, she said in the email, and has its original wood floors intact.
Previously, the building housed the software company IAVO Research and Scientific.
“The whole row of buildings on this block have a ton of character,” Johnson said, explaining that they were attracted by the location because of its proximity to a parking deck and the Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Five Points neighborhood and other downtown hotspots.
The four partners behind Dashi had worked together previously to create a pop-up restaurant called Hakanai in February of 2013.