I called Shoki Ramen House this morning after a reader told me via Twitter that the second location, on R Street, doesn't have air conditioning. Given the slew of days above 105F lately, I wanted to know how that could be possible.
They have AC, it turns out, though it doesn't work well and they're hoping to upgrade it. While chatting with Kathy Ueyama, whose husband, Yasushi, is the chef, I got a pretty god nugget of information -- they are "99.9 certain" they are about to open a third location. Until they sign the lease, I'll hold off on specifics, but it will be close to William Land Park, I'm told.
The concept will be dramatically different from the two excellent ramen houses. This one will focus on breakfast and lunch, and will feature a fusion of American and Japanese cooking styles. In other words, you might get scrambled eggs with hints of Japanese flavors and ingredients.
The new place will also try to source as much produce as possible from local organic farms, Kathy Ueyama told me. As for the AC at the Shoki on R Street, we'll keep you posted on how that goes. For now, fortunately, the really hot weather seems to have eased off a bit.
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.