Don’t everyone go dashing for noodles at once -- but Tori Ramen is up and running once again.
Yes, our prayers for a speedy ramen reboot have been answered. A little less than a month after announcing they had to go "back to square one" after a fire tore through their basement, the St. Paul eatery reopened over the weekend. (They announced the news in wondrously -- and perhaps unintentionally -- rhyming fashion on January 5: “Come one, come all, but try to spread it out because we’re a bit small.”)
After closing again on Monday and Tuesday -- don't worry, they're always closed Mondays and Tuesdays! -- the restaurant is ready to welcome broth lovers once again.
Some members of the Tori Ramen faithful didn't have to go too long without in the interim, as the shop cleverly sold off stock as 50-percent-off make-at-home noodle and broth kits. Half-priced bowls, you say? "It got pretty hectic," says co-owner Jason Dorweiler. Tori didn't turn a profit, but in a small victory, they did move all of their product.
Still, it's been a tough month, to say the least. Dorweiler says much of the downstairs space was trashed and that a lot of stuff had to be thrown away; the employee bathroom where the fire originated was totally wrecked and is still under evaluation by Tori's insurance company. There's some additional smoke damage to both their space and the one belonging to the upstairs tenant "that we will also be paying for," he says.
That's awesome! In that case, we recommend noodling on over to Victoria Street sometime soon to show your support in the easiest, most delicious way possible: eating a hearty bowl o' ramen.
Just, you know. Not all at once. Spread it out.
161 N. Victoria St., St. Paul; 651-340-4955