The restaurant offers a simple selection of signature Japanese soups with made-to-order noodles.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Downtown Toledo will soon be home to a home of its own an authentic Japanese ramen shop.

Owner and longtime owner of the Toledo business, Chef Kengo Kato, says opening the shop has been a goal of his for decades. “I’ve dreamed of opening a ramen shop since I was a kid,” Kato said. “Over the past 15 years, Toledo has loved my family and me so much, and I hope Kato Ramen will be a place where guests can sit at our table and feel the love I send back in every bowl.”

The new ramen shop called ‘Kato Ramen’ will be located directly next to another Kato restaurant, “Kengo Sushi & Yakitori“. Kato Ramen will reflect the mood and style of Kengo Sushi & Yakitori, while also mimicking the size of the restaurant next door.

Customers can look forward to authentic Japanese classics such as miso soup, which is a rich and spicy vegetable broth. Kato Ramen also offers a signature soup known as the “Vegan Bowl,” which consists of a cashew-based broth with hints of garlic and ginger.

Kato plans to bring the love back to Toledo through custom-made ramen bowls that have many customization options based on each individual customer’s preferences. Need extra noodles? Just ask for “kaedama” for your bowl. If you prefer your dish hotter, Kato offers “spice bombs” for an extra kick.

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To demonstrate their enjoyment, customers are encouraged to “slap loud, eat fast,” as Kato Ramen’s motto proclaims. For Chef Kang Kato, digging in is a sure sign of approval from a customer. The loud whisk is also functional, allowing guests to enjoy the full flavor of hot ramen without burning their mouths in the process. This is because the loud swish allows air to pass through the noodles, cooling them without losing flavor.

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The 28-seat restaurant will operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Chef Kengo Kato will officially cut the ribbon on his dream venture on October 4th at 10:00am.