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Ginza Ramen & Poke Bowl opens in Fargo's West Acres food court

Local restaurateurs John Weng and Scott Chen swapped out their Ice Point outlet for an eatery they believe fits better with Fargo's cooler climate.

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Ginza Ramen & Poke Bowl, seen Thursday, June 24, 2021, recently opened in the food court of Fargo's West Acres mall. The eatery takes the place of an Ice Point Thai ice cream outlet. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)
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FARGO - Ginza Ramen & Poke Bowl restaurant has opened in the West Acres food court, sliding into the spot once occupied by Thai ice cream shop Ice Point.

“Taste buds, rejoice! Ginza Ramen & Poke Bowl is now open in our food court!” the mall announced on its Facebook page Tuesday, June 22.

The restaurant serves Japanese-style ramen, with a rich broth cooked overnight six to eight hours, noodles and a selection of toppings in a bowl. They also served Hawaiian poke bowls (several types of rice, a variety of fish including tuna or salmon, and a number of other toppings such as cucumbers, avocados, crab meat, shrimp, tofu and sauces). Weng said customers can choose from preset combinations or make up their own bowls.

John Weng, who co-owns the restaurant with Scott Chen, said their new restaurant is off to a good start.

“So far, so good,” Weng said Thursday, June 24.

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Weng said the partners decided to switch to the ramen and poke bowl concept because it fit better with Fargo’s climate.

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“First of all, ice cream is more like just for summer. And Fargo is literally two or three months of summer, and the rest is all winter,” Weng said. “We want to do year-round.”
He and Chen have friends who’ve been operating ramen and poke restaurants and they’ve been successful.

“We were like, let’s try that instead," Weng said.

The partners also own Izumi Sushi and Hibachi restaurants in Fargo, and an Ice Point and Mr. Wok in West Fargo.

“We’ve been here quite a while. We know how people like sushi,” Weng said. Nothing was like it in the mall. “so, we decided that was a better concept.”

The Fargo restaurant has no ties to restaurants with the same name in Texas.

Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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