Ivan Ramen Opening May 9, Still Seeking BOH Staff

Posted on: April 21st, 2014 at 6:00 am by
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The year-long build-out is almost over.

Ivan Orkin is on the precipice of opening his eponymous noodle joint, Ivan Ramen, at 25 Clinton Street. The Lower East Side brick-and-mortar is one of the most hotly-anticipated openings this season. One that has all the foodie outlets drooling talking. Orkin tells the Times it’ll open on May 9.

Most of the pieces are seemingly in place. The door glass carries Ivan Ramen logo leafing; a beer and wine license is now listed as active with the State Liquor Authority; the turquoise-hued dining room appears ready for business with tables and chairs already in place. Here’s a look behind the blogger deterrent window paper.

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The esteemed chef intimated to Grub St last month that the restaurant is pretty much ready to go, but “We’re just waiting on ConEd to turn on the gas and for a few other details to come together.” Those other pesky details include staff positions. We came across this job listing the other day on Craigslist for back-of-house positions including line cooks, dish washers, prep cooks, and porters.

For good measure, more on the ramen joint:

But yes, we’re really close. And because we’ve had so much time, we’ve really tried to use it to our advantage and make a beautiful restaurant. We’re hoping to be a great service to our neighbors and open a place for all the people in our area to come and grab a bowl or hang out, you know, it’s going to be a really nice, big menu. There’s going to be sake, beer, and wine, we have a beverage program in place, and we have a gorgeous garden.

Yes, and we’ve redone it. There’s now a gorgeous mosaic in the backyard, and we really cleaned it up back there. It’s going to be lovely.

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