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Ramen Pop-Up Otaku South Finds a Permanent Home in The Gulch

Called Otaku Ramen, the full service shop is taking over the former Rumours space at the Icon Building.

The future home of Otaku Ramen in The Gulch.
The future home of Otaku Ramen in The Gulch.
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At long last, Otaku South founder Sarah Gavigan and husband Brad have ended their search for a permanent home for their popular ramen pop-up, signing a lease for the former Rumours Wine Bar space at 1104 Division Street in the Icon condo building.

According to a release, the new dedicated brick and mortar will be called Otaku Ramen, with plans to open the concept in September. The new full service ramen shop will be open seven days a week, with planned hours from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Ramen varieties will include spicy paitan, assari shoyu and "Tennessee tonkotsu," as well as other Otaku South menu favorites.

Launched in the summer of 2013, Otaku South was truly an occasional pop-up around town, before finding a temporary home at the Gavigans' East Nashville dining and cultural space POP Nashville. Otaku South will continue to operate there until May, at which time it will go dark until the new ramen shop opens. No concrete details have been revealed about what will take over residency at POP, so be sure to check back for more updates on all fronts.

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