This weekend’s Jobu Ramen popup is your first chance to get a taste of the noodle eatery due to open mid-May in Grandview.
From 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, you can find Jobu owners Michael Kopfman and John Franke (of the Mashita Noodles ramen cart) serving up three types of broth with meat and veggie options for noddle bowls, plus house-made kimchi salad, a barbecue kimchi burrito, five spice Kara-age wines and a spicy ramen noodle (the latter made by Franke).
The dishes are just a sample of what is to come at Jobu Ramen at 1439 Grandview Ave. (The restaurant is moving into the former Mazah space, as the Middle Eastern eatery relocates a few doors down.) “It’s the perfect size for what we’re doing,” Franke says. “It’s a more [intimate] experience. If you were to go to a ramen shop in Japan, most of them are small. We’re getting that same kind of space.”
The quick and casual order-at-the-counter style restaurant will merge Kopfman and Franke’s love for ramen—Kopfman is more traditional and Franke more Korean. The two met last year when Kopfman, who heard Franke was serving udon with beef tongue, stopped by the cart.
If you miss the popup, you can still find Mashita Noodles at Staas Brewing Co. in Delaware on Fridays, and look for the cart at Dinin’ Hall at 400 West Rich in May.
Photo courtesy Jobu Ramen