Camp North End gains NYC-inspired ramen concept SARU
Nagahama-style Tonkotsu noodle shop Saru by Bow Ramen is part of the Keswick Avenue Food Stalls at Camp North End.

By Jennifer Thomas  – Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal

Jul 28, 2020, 3:14pm EDT

This New York City ramen concept has found a second home in Charlotte.

Bow Ramen has expanded its portfolio with SARU — its first food venue outside of New York City — located at Camp North End.

That 385-square-foot food stall has a feel similar to a Nagahama-style ramen shop.

“Charlotte is known in the restaurant industry as a developing food city. It’s been on our radar for awhile, and we really wanted to expand our business here,” says Shintaro Yamada, co-owner.

Yamada was born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, which is known for Nagahama-style tonkotsu ramen. Dishes features ultra-thin, hand-cut noodles cooked in steaming hot pork bone broth.

Co-owner and chef Kimitaka “Taka” Terashita was born in Hokkaido, Japan, which is known for miso ramen.

Both styles are featured on the SARU menu. There’s also the sous vide “okinawa”-style brown sugar pork-belly bun available as an appetizer.

“Ramen is flavorful and robust, but it’s also simple and quick. SARU’s menu has more variation so it will take a little more time, but our goal is to make it happen as quickly as possible for our customers,” Yamada says.

SARU by Bow Ramen is located in the Keswick Avenue Food stalls, part of the recent Gama Goat Building renovation. It joins Bleu Barn Bistro and La Caseta as an anchor.

ATCO Properties & Management is developing Camp North End in partnership with Shorenstein Properties.  The adaptive-reuse project spans 1.3 million square feet across a 75-acre site. It is redeveloping a collection of warehouses and other industrial buildings ­­— some of which date to the early 1900s.

SARU is located at 1801 N. Graham St. and is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and 5 p.m until 10 p.m.; Saturdays it opens at 11 a.m., and it opens at noon on Sundays. Pickup orders can be placed online at or by phone at 980-819-5889. Delivery is also available through Grubhub, Uber Eats, Postmates and DoorDash.

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