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Posted at 5:09 PM ET, 01/12/2011

Coming up: a ramen restaurant from Sushiko

By Tom Sietsema

The creative director of Washington's oldest sushi bar is preparing to open a business that "came from my need: authentic ramen," says Daisuke Utagawa, co-owner of the 35-year-old Sushiko in Glover Park (with a younger branch in Chevy Chase).

His idea doesn't have a name or a chef yet, but it does have an address: 705 6th St. NW, behind the Verizon Center. The location is an empty lot at the moment; a year from now, Utagawa hopes to introduce diners to bowls of Japanese noodles there.

Utagawa, who is expected to sign a lease even as we tweet this afternoon, will partner with Yama Jewayni, the founder of the Eighteenth Street Lounge (and the late Dragonfly), on the project.

"Ramen are very close to all Japanese hearts. It's important to get it right," says Utagawa, who is looking at chefs in both the U.S. and Japan for the specialty restaurant.

Sixth St. NW appears to be the next hot 'hood in the District. The ramen restaurant's neighbor will be Graffiato, a casual Italian-themed dining room from Mike Isabella, the former chef of Zaytinya in Penn Quarter.

Sushiko, incidentally, recently dropped the hyphen from its name. "It's simpler," explains Utagawa.

By Tom Sietsema  | January 12, 2011; 5:09 PM ET
Categories:  Restaurants  | Tags:  Daisuke Utagawa, Mike Isabella, Sushiko  
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i have been searching for decent ramen in the DC area for 6 years with no luck. i whole heartedly welcome this ramen-ya and cannot wait until it opens. thank you Utagawa-san for making this happen. please do not disappoint me!

Posted by: toraju | January 19, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

i have been searching for decent ramen in the DC area for 6 years with no luck. i whole heartedly welcome this ramen-ya and cannot wait until it opens. thank you Utagawa-san for making this happen. please do not disappoint me!

Posted by: toraju | January 19, 2011 9:37 AM | Report abuse

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