Kansas City will be rocking to music videos from the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s in addition to steaming hot bowls of ramen, now that Bōru Ramen Bar is open in Waldo.
The opening of Bōru Ramen Bar marks the end of a nearly 6-month long project for restaurateurs, Andy Lock and Domhnall Molloy, who decided to move the location of their Summit Grill location next door, remodeling the former 75th Street Brewery, to make room to open their new ramen bar.
The casual restaurant is 3,300 square feet and seats a total of 126 people – 60 in the main dining area available for reservations and large parties, 40 in a casual, walk-in seating area, and 26 at the full-service bar and nearby tables.
In a playful touch, TV screens around the space will stream music videos from from the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s into the compact space keeping the energy and nostalgia running high.
Culinary Director, Po Wang did extensive research to bring the Bōru Ramen Bar menu to life. The menu is centered around 8 different types of ramen, with other supporting dishes and appetizers that bring in influences from Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisines.
Bōru’s ingredients are imported by Korean and Japanese distributors, including artisan ramen maker, Sun Noodle to ensure authentic and high quality products are used in its scratch kitchen that will be overseen by Executive Chef, Thomas Paradise, who joins the team from Summit Grill and has 17 years of industry experience.
There are nine appetizers on the menu including Beef Tataki, Spicy Tuna and Edamame, five variations of entrees and rice, four types of steamed baos, and six salad options for those wanting something other than ramen.
Wang has made sure there are offerings for busy business people and families with kids at Bōru Ramen Bar. For those looking for a quick lunch, Wang has prepared a bento box for $11.50 that comes with steamed rice, house pickles, salad, miso soup and an option of adding miso salmon, bulgogi or tonkatsu.
Kids are welcome at Bōru and have their own menu that includes chicken ramen, buttered ramen, sweet miso salmon with rice and crispy chicken with rice. All children’s meals come with free soft serve ice cream for ages 12 and under.
Soft serve ice cream will be offered in a cone or a cup for grown-ups to enjoy, as well, with tempting flavors like matcha green tea and black sesame. The dessert menu was designed by pastry chef Nicolette Foster, who also creates desserts for Summit Grill and Third Street Social. For Bōru, she has made a cotton cheesecake with yuzu sauce, matcha chocolate molten cake and purin, a custard with a soft layer of caramel.
The restaurant will open their doors today starting with happy hour specials, served daily from 3-6 pm, and then they will roll into dinner service.
Tempting items on the happy hour menu include steamed pork bao, bulgogi lettuce wraps, edamame and shrimp chips all for $3 to $6. Drink specials include a $5 special on select Bōru original cocktails, like the Samurai, Fist of Fury and Bruce Lee. The ‘frozen cocktail of the moment’ $5, draft beer $3, Soju $2, wine by the glass $5 and sake is $5.
Bōru boasts the same full-service bar that Summit did, but now it will focus on 10 Asian inspired cocktails, with names that pull from Japanese comics, TV shows and movies like Samurai, Bruce Lee, Flying Dragon, Mothra vs. Lychee.
In addition to domestic, craft, import and Asian beers, Bōru will serve Japanese whisky, Sake, Soju and Shochu, along with wines by the bottle and glass.
There is also a nice selection of Asian non-alcoholic beverages – including five different flavors of Japanese marble soda, four flavors of hot tea, and Calpico, which is a Japanese sweet milk-flavored beverage.
Bōru’s kitchen is open seven days a week. Monday – Thursday until 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday until midnight, and on Sundays until 9 p.m. Happy hour is offered daily from 3 – 6 p.m.
Bōru Ramen Bar, 500 W. 75th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, 816.795.1299, boruramen.com