Good news for fans of Shoki Ramen House. There's going to be another one soon.
Not that the original in the ramshackle shotgun house on 24th Street wasn't cool, but the demand had far outpaced the supply of tables and chairs. Thus, part of the Shoki experience was the sign-up sheet and the stroll around the neighborhood until your table was ready.
I recently got word that Shoki has a second location lined up --1201 R St., Sacramento -- which means the ramen fanatics, myself included, will have a choice of where to get their fix. The new place will seat 48, with a nice patio out front.
Owner and chef Yasushi Ueyama is expected to open the new joint in 30 to 90 days. He will divide his time between the two locations and is apparently training someone to uphold his very high standards in the kitchen.
We'll keep you posted when it opens.