JINYA Ramen Bar Heats Up Expansion
One of the fastest-growing franchises in the United States, JINYA Ramen Bar is heating up with its first-ever locations in Colorado and Louisiana. Franchise industry veteran Brad Smith, president of Ramen Restaurant Company LLC, is teaming up with the ramen concept’s parent company, JINYA Holdings Inc., to open 11 new locations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Fort Collins. Openings of individual outposts in the new markets are anticipated to begin fall 2019. This new market expansion, led by Smith and his partners—Ramen Restaurant Company LLC CEO Tony Avila and Vice President of Operations John Walker—marks the second largest multi-unit franchise agreement for JINYA Ramen Bar to date.
JINYA Holdings Inc. has maintained a steady growth trajectory since its inception nearly 10 years ago, with 33 units currently in operation and 17 openings slated for 2019, including outposts of sister concepts bushi by JINYA and JINYA Ramen Express. The company’s newly appointed executive leadership team of Chief Operating Officer Clay Sanger and Executive Vice President of Franchise Operations Bill Hancox projects that JINYA Holdings will become the largest ramen brand in North America, with a goal of reaching 250 total locations in the U.S. and Canada by 2023.
Realizing the demand for authentic ramen in the U.S., CEO & Founder of JINYA Holdings Inc. Tomo Takahashi opened JINYA Ramen Bar’s first U.S. location in Studio City, Calif. in 2010. The JINYA Ramen Bar brand, a reference in name to the historical estate of the samurai and community meeting point, provides a modern, approachable take on Japanese cuisine within a neighborhood restaurant model. JINYA is known for its slow-cooked approach to ramen, made from broths simmered for 10 hours in-house. The menu features 13 signature bowls with more than 25 toppings, allowing for countless combinations