Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s Shion Aikawa on Living with Brother Tatsu

By Megan Giller  |  October 28, 2013

We caught up with Ramen Tatsu-Ya’s director of operations, Shion Aikawa, to find out what it’s like to live with the head chef, ramen genius and his brother, Tatsu. The younger brother left his high-powered executive job in Tokyo and LA to help the older open Austin’s favorite ramen shop, but as of June, Shion didn’t even have a bed. So have things changed?

“I have a bed now,” he told us. “I bought it from a friend for like $30. Right now we still have a living room without a couch or TV. We have chairs from the ramen shop stored in our living room. It’s still like a headquarters. My brother turned the kitchen into a semi test kitchen. There are a whole bunch of mixing bowls but no cups or mugs or forks or spoons or knives. I drink my morning coffee out of a measuring cup.”

He also told us that the Aikawa brothers mainly quibble about work, which is easy to believe, given how driven both of them are. For example, Shion’s newest project is a series of pop-up dinners, the first of which takes place on October 30 at the Draught House.