Some trends, like Frosé (the popular frozen wine drink that swept millennial-nation this summer), are short lived. Others, like the recent opening of multiple ramen restaurants in the Twin Cities, seem to be here to stay.
Macalester College will soon be the neighbor of one such restaurant. Rah’mn, a build-your-own-ramen restaurant that has been compared to Chipotle and Subway in its customer-driven process, will open its doors at the corner of Snelling and Stanford Avenues in the next few weeks. Located just one block further south than the Broiler, Rah’mn will be easily walkable from Macalester’s campus.
Rah’mn will sell three types of food: ramen soup, noodle salad and a fresh green salad. However, since one can customize each dish, the possibilities for a meal are nearly endless. For the ramen option, customers will be able to choose between a number of different broths, including vegetarian, meat-based and two vegan options, all of which will be gluten-free.
Then come vegetables, of which there are, again, numerous options.
And then garnishes. According to Chief Operator Chris Corlett, there are over 6,500 different combinations of meals that one will be able to create. And if building one’s own ramen seems daunting, do not fear. Staff will be available to offer recommendations to “ramen rookies.”
Rah’mn will have a “scratch kitchen,” meaning that many components of each dish are made on-site, including all of the broths. This allows the restaurant to assure that every item is the highest quality, as well as enabling them to price their dishes at far less than their competitors. While many ramen restaurants in the area offer pre-set menus with bowls starting at $10, Rah’mn’s base bowl will be $7.95 and for $2.50 more, one can add meat to the dish.
In addition to food, Rah’mn will also offer specialty teas, Japanese sodas and an assortment of wine and beers. For the beers, there will be a local brew, a Japanese brew and a soon-to-be-decided upon gluten-free brew. Additionally, two of the wines will be organic. While Rah’mn won’t have a happy hour, Corlett is confident that customers will find that they will be “happy every hour.”
The driving motivations of Rah’mn are twofold. First, convenience is key. In addition to their new 1,500 square-foot dine-in area on Snelling, which will be decked out in reclaimed wood finishes and red subway tiles, Rah’mn will offer online ordering as well as an app, and all their ramen will be available for takeout. Located a mere five-minute walk from Macalester, takeout ramen, noodle dishes and bowls may soon be making an appearance on-campus. If you plan to eat your ramen soon after picking it up, you can take it home all in one bowl. If you plan to pick it up and eat it later, just let staff know. They will be happy to give you your broth in a separate container from the rest of the ingredients, ensuring that your noodles don’t get too soggy.
The second goal of Rah’mn is to be environmentally-friendly and health-conscious. All food will be served in eco-friendly, tree-free, sugarcane bowls. The pork will be sourced from within Minnesota and will be humanely raised and slaughtered, and all eggs will be cage-free. Due to the build-your-own nature of the restaurant, customers will be able to construct bowls, noodle dishes and salads that are in line with their diets, whether that be gluten-free, vegan or any other specification.
Rah’mn will offer a new menu to the Mac-Groveland neighborhood, and with its proximity to campus and reasonable price-point, is sure to be more than a short-lived spot. Keep your eyes open for the Rah’mn’s official opening in the next two to three weeks, and start contemplating what your first combination will be, because it probably won’t be your last.
Rah’mn will be located at 300 Snelling Avenue South, Suite A, Saint Paul.