Saiwaii Ramen About to Open; Mystery Ensues

Saiwaii's tonkotsu ramen with chasu and kakuni

Just spotted this sign on the old Macao Friends space on Irving and 23rd Avenue ― more ramen to feed the fad. (Additional fodder: the new branch of the international Ajisen Ramen chain, which is slated to open in August in the food court of the Westfield San Francisco Center). There's a help wanted sign on the door, which suggests that the noodle shop will open soon, but no one is answering the phone.

When SFoodie trolled the Interwebs searching for other clues regarding Saiwaii's intentions, we found that Melanie Wong, queen of Chowhound SF and grand duchess of the Outer Suburbs, had spotted the sign as well. She noted the similarity between the names and logos for Saiwaii Ramen and Sawaii Sushi downtown. The woman we spoke to at Sawaii Sushi, however, said the business are not related in any way. Curious….

Saiwaii Ramen 2240 Irving (at 23rd Ave.), 665-7888.

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