Celebrated Tokyo-based ramen chain Menya Musashi Niten Ichiryu will replace Capitol Hill’s shuttered Tentenyu ramen restaurant on Friday, November 9. The newcomer, which has 14 locations throughout Asia, opened its first North American location in July in Los Angeles — where it coincidentally also replaced a defunct Tentenyu. The upcoming Seattle opening marks the company’s second restaurant on this continent.
Menya Musashi is known for its big chunks of braised pork belly, served whole with the soup, rather than the chashu slices at most other shops. The restaurant also specializes in tsukemen, or dipping noodles, and a rich pork bone-and-seafood broth. The first location debuted in 1998 in Tokyo’s Shinjuku district
On November 9 starting at 5 p.m., the restaurant (1510 Belmont Ave) will celebrate its opening with $3 bowls of ramen until it sells 300 bowls. There’s a one-per-person limit, and the special applies to dine-in customers only. Starting November 10, Menya Musashi will assume regular hours: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.