Durham, N.C. — A new ramen shop and Japanese pub has opened in downtown Durham.
The 3,400 square-foot, two story restaurant is located at 415 E. Chapel Hill St.
The ramen shop is located on the first floor. It serves up ramen for lunch and dinner and features an open kitchen.
The second floor is the izakaya or Japanese pub. It serves up dinner and late night fare. The bar serves craft cocktails, the popular Japanese spirit shochu, Japanese whiskey and features a sake and wine list curated by Wine Authorities owner Craig Heffley. The beer selection includes selections from Ponysaurus Brewing Company brewed exclusively for Dashi.
The pub menu includes small, seasonal plates that highlight regional Japanese specialties. Selections include bacon wrapped mochi yakimono and pork belly tonkatsu.
Dashi came from the very popular pop-up restaurant, Hakanai, that the Cotters and Johnsons opened for only three nights in 2013 at The Cookery. Tickets sold out within 15 minutes.