‘Overwhelming’ demand leads Waldo ramen eatery to reopen with refreshed menu

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Boru Ramen Bar, 500 W. 75th St. in Kansas City, is making a comeback. In addition to a revamped menu, it also will reopen with a new name: Boru Asian Eatery. (Photo: ADAM VOGLER I KCBJ)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Boru Ramen Bar is making a comeback, but with a slightly different twist. In addition to a revamped menu, it also will reopen with a new name: Boru Asian Eatery.

Co-founders Domhnall Molloy and Andy Lock shuttered the restaurant in June due to pandemic-related financial challenges. Prior to the pandemic, it had been a “fairly successful” restaurant, Molloy said.

But in recent months, it faced several setbacks: government mandates that shuttered dine-in operations at area restaurants, occupancy restrictions and temporarily closing due to employees testing positive for Covid-19. Plus, the summer months traditionally are slower for the restaurant, because patrons associate its steaming noodles and broth with colder weather, co-founder Molloy said.

When Boru Ramen Bar closed permanently, however, an “overwhelming” number of people lamented the closing and nudged the owners to bring it back — even if it was simply a return to popup ramen nights at sister restaurant Summit Grill.

Read more about the restaurant’s new menu offerings and reconfigured layout in the Kansas City Business Journal. This story does require a subscription.

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