Ramen Tatsu-Ya to open Texas-influenced izakaya that serves smoked meat

Takuya Matsumoto, left, and Tatsu Aikawa are the chef-owners Ramen Tatsu-Ya. They are opening a Texas-influenced izakaya later this winter in East Austin.
Takuya Matsumoto, left, and Tatsu Aikawa are the chef-owners Ramen Tatsu-Ya. They are opening a Texas-influenced izakaya later this winter in East Austin.

The ramen masters at Ramen Tatsu-Ya have announced they will introduce Kemuri Tatsu-Ya later this winter. The concept will be a “Texas-influenced take on izakayas.” The name is derived from the Japanese word for “smoke,” and while the opening menu is still being finalized, diners can expect smoked meats.

To further the smoke theme, the restaurant will be located in the old Live Oak BBQ space at 2713 E. Second St. McCray & Co. which has worked with Austin restaurants like Lenoir, will design the space, which will “honor both the smoke-stained walls of the space and the traditional Japanese izakaya concept.”

Ramen Tatsu-Ya announced earlier this month that they would be opening a location in Houston.

Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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