Thursday, September 04, 2014

Santouka Is Opening in Cambridge's Harvard Square

A chain of ramen shops based in Japan is opening its first Boston-area location, and it will reside in one of the busiest sections of Cambridge.

According to a License Commission General Hearing page within the City of Cambridge website, Santouka has applied for a Common Victualler License to open on Bow Street in the city's Harvard Square area, with the eatery having seating for 60 and being open for lunch and dinner daily. An earlier post from Eater Boston indicated that the chain was looking to come to the Boston area, as a tipster told them that Santouka was apparently looking at both Cambridge and Boston.

[September 10 update: Cambridge Day mentions that Santouka could be opening in Harvard Square as early as November--though possibly not until January--and that the space it is moving into is where the Dunkin' Donuts made famous in the movie Good Will Hunting (the "How do you like them apples?" scene) used to be.]

[February 11, 2015 update: Eater Boston states that Santouka is opening today in Harvard Square at 11:00 AM.]

Santouka is known in part for its shio (salt broth) ramen, with other options being miso, soy sauce, and pork cheek ramen. The chain has several locations in California, as well as ones in Edgewater, NJ, Arlington Heights, IL, Bellevue, WA, and Honolulu.

The address for this new ramen shop in Harvard Square is 1 Bow Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138. The website for the chain can be found at

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