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Dashi ramen shop, Japanese pub now open in Durham

Posted February 3, 2015

Dash is a traditional Japanese ramen shop and izakaya located at 415 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701. More at www.dashiramen.com

— A new ramen shop and Japanese pub has opened in downtown Durham. 

Dashi is the brainchild of partners Billy and Kelli Cotter of Toast and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson and Rochelle Johnson of The Cookery.

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. 


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  • Terry Watts Feb 6, 2015
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    We need a ramen bar in raleigh...

  • John Q Public Feb 6, 2015

    I've seen mixed reviews, mostly about price and the fact that the two floors serve two different styles of food. If you were able to order anything on the menu irrespective of where you're seated, the waits would be shorter and customers would be happier.