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Runaway Hit Mu Ramen Looks Very Close to Opening Its Permanent Location in LIC

After being forced to shut down their pop-up by an overwhelming flood of interest, the couple behind Mu Ramen are finally close to reopening it as a full blown restaurant.

A rendering of the finished space.
A rendering of the finished space.
Courtesy of Mu Ramen

Joshua and Heidy Smookler, the couple behind the hottest ramen pop-up of the last year, have been quietly building out the permanent home of Mu Ramen in Long Island City since March. At last check, the Per Se vet and his wife were promising an October opening, but there hasn't been much news from their end of late. Now, however, all signs on Twitter suggest that the opening could be imminent. Last week Con Ed came to turn on the gas, which as any seasoned restaurateur knows, is often one of the last things a restaurant has to wait on. And then just yesterday the restaurant passed its fire inspection. Plus they're hiring a host/hostess, and the menu was already drafted up months ago. So really, Mu Ramen could open any day now. Eater has reached out to the Smooklers to find out when that day might come. Stay tuned. Mu Ramen, 12-09 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City