EBX reporting “Shiba Ramen” coming to Emeryville

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East Bay Express food writer Luke Tsai is reporting a new “fast-casual” ramen establishment coming to Emeryville this fall. Shiba Ramen will be the first food establishment by Jake Freed and Hiroko Nakamura, a husband-wife tandem of former chemists.


The space, described as “prominently located”, has yet to be finalized so we’ll have to begin speculating [UPDATE: Confirmed to be The Emeryville Public Market through Tablehopper.com]. Gourmet Ramen has been a recent foodie obsession that Emeryville has been left out of thus far, although our neighbors in the Golden Gate area will be getting a Noodle Theory in July. Shiba Inu’s are of course a popular breed of Japanese dogs that the couple appear to be fond of (as evidenced by their Instagram account). Follow Shiba on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for updates.

Two shibas. #shiba @shibaramen #shibaramen


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Shiba Ramen: Ex-Chemists Aim to Bring Authentic, Fuss-Free Ramen to Emeryville

By Luke Tsai

Have two ex-chemists unlocked the secret to serving delicious, fuss-free ramen in the East Bay? Dedicated noodle slurpers will have a chance to decide for themselves when Shiba Ramen, a fast-casual ramen shop that aspires to be authentically Japanese, opens this fall.

The PhD-certified brains behind the project are Jake Freed and Hiroko Nakamura, a husband-and-wife tandem of former chemists who are making their first inroads into the restaurant business. They’ve signed the lease on a prominently-located space in Emeryville (they’ll reveal the exact location when the deal is finalized), and plan to open Shiba Ramen in September.

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.

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