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A local restaurateur is moving forward with the expansion of his ramen restaurant into an untapped South Asheville neighborhood. 

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Third Itto’s a charm

Tony Lin, owner of Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas, will open a new restaurant location at 335 Airport Road in Arden.

Lin, a resident of Asheville for more than 16 years, aims to increase the local footprint in Arden by opening a restaurant that’s not a fast food or diner chain, he said. 

“It’s something new in Arden,” he said.

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The projected opening of Itto is late December or early January. Any delays are attributed to the ongoing supply chain issues that are made furniture and other items out of stock or delayed, he said. 

Tony Lin, owner of Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas, will open a new restaurant location at 335 Airport Road in Arden.

At this rate, Lin is opening an Itto every year. The first restaurant at 630 Haywood Road opened in West Asheville in 2019. The second dining room opened at 3 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville in 2020.

The support from customers and unwavering love for ramen — himself included — is what’s led to the opening of another location, Lin said.

“It’s simple, quick and you don’t have to wait for 30-40 minutes for the food to come out. In 10-15 minutes, it’s on your table,” he said. “Plus, the weather — when it gets cold, people just love it.”

The Itto Curry Ramen at Itto Ramen Bar and Tapas is yellow curry broth with house-made ramen noodles, ground pork, a seasoned boiled egg, bamboo shoots and scallions.

Itto offers traditional ramen with broth that’s cooked in-house for nearly eight hours, daily. A few options are the Itto Deluxe, Curry and Spicy Ramen.

Lin was a sushi chef for 15 years before opening Itto. He applies the gained experience to the tapas dishes served in his restaurants, he said. A few popular dishes on the tapas menu are the Tuna Samba, Takoyaki Balls and Crab Rangoon.