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Strings, A Chinatown Ramen Fave, Is Planning A New Lakeview Restaurant

Slurp away near Wrigley Field

Strings is bringing their ramen from Chinatown to Lakeview.
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The management behind Strings, the popular ramen shop in Chinatown, is trying once more at expanding on the North Side. They plan on opening in Lakeview — the former Ramenster space at 919 W. Belmont Ave. — very soon. Management confirmed they’re targeting a “before March” opening.

Strings’ Tonkatsu is a hip pick for Chicago’s best bowl of ramen, making Chinatown a destination for Japanese food. Strings opened a second location in March 2015 in Lincoln Park with an expanded menu that included lean, tender ostrich meat as a bowl option. However, the restaurant closed without much warning in July, leaving behind a sad group of slurpers when the state department of revenue revoked their business license. A tea shop component above the dining room also closed without much fanfare only a few weeks after Strings 2 opened.

Ramenster opened in the fall of 2015 near Belmont and Clark. It lasted about a year. Management for Strings didn’t share what they have in mind for the menu at their upcoming iteration. Most likely, they’ll have a few curves that differentiate it from the Chinatown original.

Strings Belmont

919 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 Visit Website