ALAMEDA -- Tetsu Ramen has opened its doors on Park Street in the location that used to be home to Kai's Japanese Restaurant.
The noodle shop does not sell sushi like its predecessor, but it does sell Japanese dumplings, or gyoza, and other appetizers like Japanese-style fried chicken nuggets, or karaage.
"My partner, Peter Day, and I have known each other for many years and we both like ramen a lot," said owner Nam Ly.
Since its April 17 opening, the most popular dish at the 40-seat restaurant has been tonkotsu ramen, which is pork based, according to Ly. Tetsu Ramen also sells vegetarian, seafood and other varieties of noodle soup that can be ordered with clear or miso broth, as well as a selection of toppings.
Day has been a sushi chef in the Bay Area for about three decades, Ly said, and established his reputation at Ray's Sushi in Hayward. While Day is in charge of the kitchen, Ly runs the business operations. He also runs Neo Auto Works in Oakland.
"I have always loved Alameda, which has a good business environment," Ly said. "The local business associations and government are supportive."
Over the years, he's watched Park Street welcome big changes.
"There is always something new and that brings people to the area for lunch and dinner. We wanted to be a part of that," the business owner explained.
"Park Street really has it all," said Ly, noting that noodle dishes from all over Asia can be found at different restaurants on the popular street.
Alamedans have been gobbling up Tetsu Ramen's dishes, Ly said.
"We are very happy with the business so far. Things have turned out better than expected," he added, especially the extended lunch crowd.
Tetsu Ramen, 1245 Park St., is open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day of the week and offers students a lunch discount Monday through Friday.