YUZU Ramen & Broffee has announced it will be opening at the former Bacano Bakery spot on 1298 65th Street. Riding a recent food trend, Yuzu will join the Public Market’s Shiba Ramen as new Ramen spots that have opened in Emeryville over the past year.
The site is a contentious one as the previous two tenants have both shuttered amid reported disputes with the property owners. A 25% rent increase led to the departure of Cafe Aquarius back in 2013, and most recently, Bacano Bakery abruptly closed after a reported legal dispute. Sources have pointed the finger at the location’s repeated flooding issues over the course of more than a year and subsequent legal battles with the landlord to remedy the issue. Flooding that caused significant financial losses and hundreds of wasted hours for Bacano’s owners as they worked to resolve these issues before opting to cut their loses.
Despite this history and the city’s general lack of small business support, these new tenants have opted to give it a go.
Yuzu draws its menu and inspiration from the Osaka region of Japan which their site describes as “the street gourmet capital of Japan” and apparently one that is known for great ramens. Yuzu will serve a balance of traditional ramens like their hearty tonkotsu (pork bone) and gyukotsu (beef bone) mixed with contemporary ramens like a cheese ramen. Yuzu will also serve Japanese appetizers including Chicken Karaage and Veg Fries with plans to bolster the menu further once established.
Yuzu will also serve something called “Broffee” which is said to be a more nutritional substitute to our morning caffeinated habit. Broffee is described as hot bone broth served in cups with freshly baked bread on the side. Broffee’s flavor can be enhanced with savory condiments such as rock salt, fresh pepper and soy sauce or can be sweetened with sugar, honey or milk.
Yuzu will reportedly open as early as July and serve lunch & dinner. Visit them online at www.yuzurb.com