Born and Raised Hospitality, the restaurant group renowned for Phoenix restaurants Clever Koi, Across the Pond, and Fellow Osteria, has announced the grand opening of a new fast-casual noodle restaurant, Clever Ramen.
Clever Ramen opened its doors to diners this year to great success, according to a press release. The restaurant, which was designed by Aline Architecture Concepts, was opened with the idea of using raw materials that encapsulate warmth and life to the space.
The fast-casual restaurant features a menu of customized ramen noodle bowls, steamed bao buns, and seasoned fries.
Born and Raised Hospitality founders Joshua James and Nick Campisano’s wanted to simplify the traditional ramen restaurant and make it accessible to the casual diner, the press release stated.
Aline Architecture Concepts Principal Brian Laubenthal designed a space that utilizes modern technology while still giving the space a warm and natural feel.
The restaurant features a curved plywood ceiling and wall. It was created in collaboration with their millwork partner Lion Craft, using 3D parametric modeling software, which allowed the design the ceiling and walls in the abstract shape of ramen.
“We developed the curved plywood ceiling and wall using a parametric software that allows us to control the shapes,” Laubenthal said. “From the software we directly send the parameters to the CNC machine for accurate cuts and a fast turnaround.”
The parametric software ensured that the architecture firm designed Clever Ramen’s feature wall on budget and with little wasted materials.
“We really wanted to design a restaurant using modern technology and not lose the authenticity and character that makes our projects unique,” Laubenthal said. “I would say we succeeded in designing a restaurant with a unique charm.”
Campisano said that working with Aline was a great experience and found the passion of the architecture team contagious.
“Talented, idea driven, professional and one-of-a-kind are just a few words that come to mind when we sit at the round table with Brian, Heidi and their team,” Campisano said referring to other members of the Aline team. “They are the forefront of architecture and design and working with them has been truly inspiring.”
Laubenthal said he was not surprised but thrilled to see the early success of Born and Raised Hospitality’s new endeavor.
“We are excited that the new Clever Ramen is open and seeing our client’s success. We love supporting local restauranteurs that are passionate about their craft,” Laubenthal said. “It has been amazing to see the community enjoying the food and space and seeing the photos of the design posted on social media.”
Clever Ramen is open for lunch and dinner. For more info visit cleverramen.com.
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