Despite persevering through fires, car crashes, new city ordinances and more, Tori Ramen announced the closing of its Victoria Street doors earlier this month amid rapid gentrification in the neighborhood. However, it isn’t goodbye for this beloved St. Paul restaurant.
Chef and owner Jason Dorweiler announced a new location—and a new “elevated” concept—on the restaurant’s Facebook page, with a plug for the Indiegogo campaign that launched their relocation. With crowdsourced support from their community, the restaurant is moving to a new home on West 7th, voicing their hopes for an October reopening date.
The new space will see a built-out menu, expanded vegan selections, a potential cocktail program and full service during dinner. Dorweiler assures longtime fans that lunch will still maintain the quick-serve system and accessible prices of Tori Ramen’s original location.
Dorweiler also owns and operates Tori 44 in North Minneapolis’ Victory neighborhood.
The original Tori Ramen first opened in the fall of 2016, serving all pork-free ramen broth. The restaurant eventually began also making its own ramen noodles. That location will close this weekend.