Members of the Bay Area’s longstanding church of ramen will soon have one more spot at which to worship, as Ippudo, the Japanese ramen restaurant chain with locations in Asia, Europe, and Australia, will open a Silicon Valley outpost on Friday, February 14.
Ippudo was founded by Shigemi Kawahara in 1985 in Japan, and opened its first West Coast location in Berkeley in 2017. A San Francisco location of the chain followed in 2018.
Its Silicon Valley shop (19540 Vallco Parkway, Suite 130, in Cupertino), will have “six new menu items that were recently introduced at the West Hollywood location,” a spokesperson for the restaurant says, but failed to respond to follow-up questions on exactly what those six new items are. Hours will be 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. on weekdays (10:30 p.m. on Fridays), and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends.
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Update: February 3: 9:24 a.m. This article was updated to account for a delay in Ippudo’s planned opening date.