Afuri Will Open a Restaurant and ‘Ramen Lab’ in Slabtown

Way back in early 2020, in a story about the then-incoming Fifty Licks location in Slabtown, Michael Russell at the Oregonian let it slip that a new location of the Tokyo-based ramen chain Afuri would also open in the rapidly developing Northwest Portland neighborhood. At the time, then-project manager Liz Allan described it as a “ramen lab,” where diners could watch chefs make noodles, simmer broth, and recipe test with visiting ramen chefs from around the world.

This month, the team at Afuri announced that location finally has a projected opening: the Slabtown shop will open in the spring of 2022, with the promised ramen-making display (think: the

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