Bob Ramen hosts a grand opening at its new Plainville location (50 W. Main St.) Jan. 27 at 11:30 a.m.
Plainville's expanded menu features four ramen bowls, three rice bowls (salmon poke, tofu rice, beef bulgogi kimchi rice) and small plates like duck fat-cooked chicken wings with sake barbecue sauce; steamed sliders (bao) with pork belly, kimchi or raw salmon; Vietnamese spring rolls; yakitori and a pupu platter ($25) with a combination of appetizers and one bowl.
Bowls are $12 and appetizers are $5 to $9; gluten-free options are available.
In late December, co-owners Patrick Miceli and Chris Parrott announced plans to rebrand Miceli's 50 West restaurant as a second Bob Ramen, in response to overwhelming demand at the original Hartford location at 399 Capitol Ave.
Plainville's Bob Ramen will have about twice the seating capacity of the Hartford restaurant, with a larger kitchen and what Miceli calls a "a very fun" beverage program with sake, overseen by Parrott. The two are also co-owners of Hartford cocktail bar Little River Restoratives.
The partners have named Craig Hutchinson as executive chef to oversee the menus at both locations. Hutchinson, a Bethany native, brings a wealth of experience, having been part of the opening team at the former Ribelle in Brookline, Mass., and most recently, Gristmill in Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood.
In Connecticut, Hutchinson previously served as executive chef at New Haven's Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro, and partnered with colleague Alex Lishchynsky to create [oink], a pop-up concept that hosts special dinners at venues throughout the state.
Information: 860-351-5066, facebook.com/bobramenplainville.