Ichicoro Imoto is closed at Tampa's Armature Works, but plans to open another location

The whys are unclear.

click to enlarge Ichicoro Imoto is closed at Tampa's Armature Works, but plans to open another location
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Getting your ramen fix in Tampa Heights just got a little bit trickier. Ichicoro Ramen’s Imoto location at Armature Works is now closed, but details about why are unclear.

Someone who picked up the phone at Ichicoro’s flagship location in Seminole Heights confirmed the closing of Imoto, which opened along with the food hall back in 2018. The same employee also said Ichicoro has “plans to open another location,” but did not elaborate.

Ichicoro founder Noel Cruz could not be reached for comment, but the Imoto website says, “We have headed back to the #RamenArmy HQ to gear up for the next chapter. We have some exciting ideas simmering. Wait till ya taste the new new. The best is yet to come. Trust. Stay safe and stay tuned…”

News of the Imoto closing comes as Ichicoro’s Ane location in St. Petersburg is still temporarily closed after shuttering last March in the wake of the coronavirus.

Members of Ichicoro’s “Ramen Army” can still get their fix, however, by ordering takeout from the Seminole Heights location (still not open for in-person dining since its tight quarters make even limited-capacity dining a little sketch) or playing a delivery order via Uber Eats and locally-owned Salt Block Hospitality.

And if you’re just itching to support restaurateur and Ichicoro founder Cruz, you can visit his brand new Korean fried chicken concept Gangchu, which recently opened in Seminole Heights.

Those you like to dip their chopsticks in other ramen bowls can always try nearby Dosunco Ramen at 3310 W Kennedy Blvd.

UPDATED 03/31/21 10:05 p.m. Updated headline to make clear it was the Imoto Ichicoro location closing at Armature Works.

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