Takahashi Yagihashi continues to build an empire. He's expanding Slurping Turtle, his River North Bib Gourmand-winning ramen restaurant, beyond Illinois borders to Ann Arbor, Michigan. Don't be surprised to see more locations in the future, either.
Takashi chose Ann Arbor because of personal history. He spent nine years of his life there and says many of his customers at Takashi know him from his time in the Wolverine State. The space is near the University of Michigan, the Michigan Theater, and will employ more local and seasonal ingredients because of proximity to a local farmer's market.
The acceptance Chicago has given the Slurping Turtle concept convinced him to expand, he says, and he admits the possibility of more locations in the future. He signed the lease on the first in Ann Arbor yesterday, look for it to open early next year.
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