Ramen to Santa Clara
After opening its first stateside location in Palo Alto, Japanese noodle chain Ramen Nagi is planning to bring more of its customizable bowls to Santa Clara’s Westfield Valley Fair. Ramen Nagi has more than 35 locations spread across Asia and is known for its vibrantly colored broths, such as black king (squid ink), red king (spicy broth), and green king (basil). There’s no exact opening date yet, but look for it sometime this fall.
It’s like cookie dough ice cream without the ice cream
Concord’s Out the Dough is expanding to San Francisco. The dessert shop resembles an ice cream spot at first, with a lineup of scoopable sweets in a display case — only the goods here are raw cookie dough. Expect a rotating selection of cookie dough flavors, such as oatmeal chocolate chip or classic sugar with rainbow sprinkles, available by the scoop, rolled in chocolate as a truffle, stuffed inside a cannoli, or baked into an actual cookie. Find it in a few weeks at 28 Trinity Place, in the former Living Greens space in the Financial District.
From Hawaii, but not particularly Hawaiian
Hawaii’s Captain Kona Cafe has quickly opened its first two San Francisco locations, at 393 W. Portal Avenue in West Portal’s former Paradise Pizza and Pasta space, and at 500 Columbus Avenue in North Beach’s former Caffe Delucchi space. It’s also set to come to San Rafael. Captain Kona serves American breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a large selection of Italian fare like pizzas, pastas, and chicken piccata.
Noodle Theory expands again
Oakland’s Noodle Theory — known for ramen, udon, and Asian fusion dishes — has added a third location in Moraga’s Rheem Center to join its Rockridge and San Pablo Avenue locations. It’s open at 376 Park Street.
No more pretzels
Auntie Anne’s, the national purveyor of soft pretzels, has closed its Fisherman’s Wharf location at 333 Jefferson Street after five years in business.