Chicago’s Fulton Market District is now home to the US flagship location of Canada’s popular Kinton Ramen chain, and marks a first foray stateside for its parent hospitality group, Kinton Kinka Corporation (KKC or Kinka Family). With 21 locations in four countries (Japan, Canada, Korea, and now the US), Kinton Ramen is entering a rapid growth stage with its Canadian expansion into British Columbia, new developments in Toronto and Montreal, as well as three additional US locations, all happening by year’s end.
Founder and CEO of Kinka Family, Canada’s largest Japanese hospitality group and operator of Kinton Ramen, James Hyunsoo Kim says the appetite for authentic Japanese hospitality experiences and cuisine is increasing across North America.
“It’s been my childhood dream to open restaurants in Canada and the US, and it has been an amazing feat to see the growth of ramen bars and interest in Japanese cuisine over the years. We see ramen becoming a staple dining option in the North American market, much like it has been in Japan for decades, and are excited to have Kinton Ramen be part of that growth.”
Kinton Ramen’s rotund golden pig logo is emblematic of what’s on the table: a hearty and jovial offering. The ramen bar’s minimalist interior, with textural wooden accents and corrugated iron finishings, serves as the ideal setting for Kinton Ramen’s signature lively dining experience, where ramen is truly at centre stage. Kinton Ramen introduced high quality and authentic Japanese ramen to Torontonians in 2012, winning guests over with their housemade umami-rich bone broths (an up-to 20 hour process), their welcoming atmosphere — where all diners are greeted and saluted on entry and exit, and their build-your-own ramen menu featuring nine broths, two noodle-types and 18 topping options — that’s over 4 million unique ramen bowls to choose from. Cold and hot tapas, desserts and a robust beverage program round out the dining experience. View menu.
Since opening its first location, Kinton Ramen has been a breakout hit, and perhaps the best expression of Kinka Family’s mission: “serving people happiness,” through its exceptional hospitality, impeccably designed spaces, and diverse menu of delicious offerings. The new US locations of Kinton Ramen offer American diners the same beloved experience that customers in Canada, Japan and Korea have been enjoying, including signature hot and cold Tapas including Age Corn (deep-fried buttered corn with sweet-soy sauce), pork Age Gyoza, and the hard-to-resist Karaage (fried chicken paired with garlic mayo), available in original or hot for those who want a hot chili kick. For Ramen, in addition to the Pork, Chicken and Vegetarian options enjoyed in an Original, Miso, Shoyu or Spicy broth, the ever-popular Canada favorites Karaage Ramen joins the menu full time, featuring a choice of Shoyu or Spicy broth, topped with the brand’s signature Fried Chicken Karaage and fresh scallions.
Upcoming Kinton Ramen Launches
- Kinton Ramen, Woodbury Commons, New York (Summer 2019)
- Kinton Ramen, Toronto Harbourfront (August 2019)
- The first dual Kinka Family concept with Kinton Ramen and Kinka Izakaya launching side-by-side
- Kinton Ramen, Old Montreal, Quebec (August 2019)
- Kinton Ramen, Wicker Park, Chicago (Fall 2019)
- Kinton Ramen, Vancouver, British Columbia (Spring 2020)
In addition to Kinton Ramen, Kinka Family owns and operates a diverse portfolio of restaurants and cafés, including: Kinka Izakaya, a Japanese pub, JaBistro, a sophisticated sushi and sashimi bistro, and affiliate Neo Coffee Bar, a modern Japanese patisserie and café.