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Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s Shion Aikawa Hosts Pop-Ups

By Megan Giller  |  October 16, 2013

Aikawa, chef Tatsu’s brother and the director of operations for Austin’s favorite ramen shop, is branching out from ramen and hosting a series of pop-up dinners around town. The first one is a beer-pairing collaboration with Austin Beerworks on Oct. 30 at the Draught House Pub and Brewery. Aikawa says the food will be “ramen-inspired dishes” paired with Austin Beerworks’ seasonal brews and their award-winning Black Thunder. The dinner is priced per course, and $7 will get you one peer pairing and one round of food, so you can try as many pairings or as few as you like. The event is first-come, first-serve, and we advise getting there early.

For the second pop-up dinner, Aikawa is collaborating with the guys from much-anticipated (and still unopened) restaurant Olamaie and local artist Keith Kreeger (whose work you will probably recognize from Qui) to create a dinner paired around objects, namely plates and bowls. The dinner will take place at Big Medium on Nov. 21, and tickets should be available shortly.

Aikawa isn’t your typical 28-year-old. He left a high-powered job with a Fortune 500 company in Japan to move back to the States and eventually Austin to help his brother open Ramen Tatsu-Ya. Now he says he’s using his “startup mentality” to make something new and creative here in town. We can’t wait to taste what he’s up to.